AT on: Leaving the City...and Entering Suburbia

We went away this past weekend. Along the trip, we stopped our rental car at two big box stores to pick up groceries and some supplies. We’ve lived in New York City for the past 5 years, and now, every time we enter suburbia, we kind of freak out…

The suburbs just feel less green. We were totally overwhelmed at how big shopping carts have gotten, the overhead bright lights, the size of the aisles, having that much available space at once. The store was MASSIVE and felt like the size of a city block. And, this might sound like city snobbery, but we don’t drive a car or ever push a shopping cart. There’s just no way to carry that many groceries home at once if you’re walking.

And a funny thing happened when we entered one particular large retailer and saw how cheap everything was: we became convinced that we needed that pink filing cabinet, the $14 cooler, and not one, but two tarps for camping. Hey, they were only $5 each. And we could just throw them in the back of the car.

The receipt came to about half of what it would have been in New York. We never thought we'd be settling in NYC for the rest of our life, but every time we leave it, we wonder if we could do so, gulp, permanently?

Anyone else have that experience?

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