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I didn’t buy milk and bread

I did my regular grocery shopping on Wednesday, before the snow flew, and the store was jam packed with people buying bread and milk. We don’t drink milk and I didn’t need bread, so I didn’t buy milk and bread. Good thing, as the supply was basically depleted.

Currently, living in the Southeast, we are getting “hit” with snowstorm Grayson. Here in the Raleigh area we got 1-2 inches and the first week of students going back to school has seen a delay, an early dismissal, and two days off. I know, to those up north, we overreact, but we don’t get snow, ice, and bitter cold very often. Jim said the news reported it is the first time in 100 years where there have been seven days in a row with highs only in the 30s.

Ah, but let’s get back to the milk and bread. I got to wondering WHY people rush out to by milk and bread at the slightest mention of a possible snowstorm. I did quite a bit of research on the internet. Guess, what? I still don’t know!

I read a lot of articles and they all pretty much said the same thing, even referencing each other. Here’s what I found for “theories”…
• There was a major storm in 1950, in Pittsburgh, that left people without milk and bread.
• There was a major snow storm in 1978, New England, that left people stuck at home for weeks. Although, I lived in Vermont at that time and don’t recall this.
• People feel the need to be prepared for the long haul and need to buy something.
• People purchase perishable products because it offers hope that the unpleasantness will be temporary.
• If people were to buy water, canned goods, and batteries, it would imply a major disaster is coming.
• It’s what you do.

Most of these seem to be pretty silly reasons to me. I suppose I understand the need to feel prepared, but for me that would be water, canned goods, and batteries. I actually sent Jim a text message while I was at the store that said,


And, No…I didn’t buy milk and bread.

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