Since we moved here nearly 17 years ago, we’ve seen many changes.
There’s more traffic than there was.
There are speed cameras.
There are white lines painted on the road.
We have to take our household waste down the lane to containers. The bin men no longer collect from outside the houses.
The weather is no longer predictable as it once was.
We keep getting new neighbours.
And then there’s the supermarket. The big one on the way out of town.
First it was called Atac. Then, overnight, it became Stoc. Without notice, it suddenly turned into Carrefour Market.
And now – it’s SuperU.
But some things stay the same. The same trolleys with wonky wheels. The same staff. The same layout. The same products (with different labels). The same single check-out open, the other eight closed. The same queue of old ladies who only have five items in their trolley, but take 10 minutes at the check-out because they can’t find their fidelity card. Or they have forgotten to weigh their vegetables. Or they have forgotten an item and have to go and look for it. Or they won’t pay for their purchases until they have packed them, repacked and re-repacked them several times into their shopping bags. Or they have a bundle of vouchers – if only they can find them in the depths of their handbag. The same lady with a heaped trolley who won’t let the person behind with only two items go ahead of them. It’s always going to take 15 minutes to clear the check-out, even for a single baguette.
Some things, reassuringly, stay the same. 😀