For some reason I’m thinking about wine tonight…
A few weeks ago I was at Wegmans at the end of the day and I threw some of their $6 wine into my cart before getting into line. I only do this when the “alcohol permitted” lines aren’t long, but the week is.
A woman approached me and scootched her mask down below her chin. She had an accent, heavy and thick. She spoke in a loud, friendly, slightly halting voice.
“Did you take — this?” She said as she held up a bottle of wine. Her friend stood a few feet behind her.
I must admit, I was taken aback. I wondered if she was asking me if I took it out of her cart. I have this mild, irrational fear that I will accidentally take someone else’s cart, or put my stuff into someone else’s cart. And even though I’ve never worried that I’ll take something out of someone’s cart, it seemed plausible because of her tone.
“Did you take this? This? From there?” She pointed at the wine display. Her friend walked over to the display.
“Oh. Yes. I did.” I was still confused, but didn’t feel like I was in trouble anymore.
“What will you do with it?” She asked me, leaning in. Her friend looked at me, intrigued.
“What will I do with it?”
“Yes, what will you do with it?”
This is when I wondered if I might be on some sort of “teacher caught buying wine on a week night” candid camera show.
I thought for a moment, about my week, my day, my remote coaching job, my remote learning kids, the world, the coming election. I thought about the $6 wine in my cart. I looked at the woman and her friend and raised my eyebrows, still trying to figure out what this was all about.
“I’m going to drink it!” I said with a big, not too-sarcastic smile. I think I might have taken an imaginary swig from the bottle.
“You will drink it?!” She said, as she turned the bottle around to show me the list of foods on the back. “But. All of this. Here.”
Finally, I understood. She just didn’t know if the wine was a drink or an ingredient!
“Ahhhh!” I said, with that feeling of relief you get when you finally understand. “I think those are the pairings… the things you might eat with the wine!”
I would like to note that I did not add that I actually prefer my wine with a bowl of chips or popcorn.
Now every time I get a bottle of wine, her voice comes back to me.
“What will you do with it?”