There is no such thing as to send Ricky to the nearby grocery store with a list of under three or four items.
“Ricki, would you please pop over and get me a bag of milk (milk comes in bags in Israel) from the grocery?”
“I don’t need anything else.”
“How about a (canned) drink?”
“Ricki, canned drinks are expensive and I just bought you a drink yesterday on our way home from dance class. You don’t need it…. I don’t buy myself a treat every time that I go to the store, you know. So please just get a bag of milk or we won’t have any tomorrow morning.”
“Oh, come on…” She goes over to the fridge and opens it. “Don’t we need yogurt? Grape juice? Maybe garlic?” So I squeeze another item on the list. She is not really satisfied, but suddenly her face lights up. “Hey, I can go to the vegetable store as well!” She reopens the refrigerator door. “We need red peppers…..”
We find two things she can buy at the vegetable store, and she is off, beaming. I just can’t figure out what is so bad about buying only one item……