Bumpy Wheel

Bumpy Wheel

A Story by Samuel Dickens
"

It ain't round!

"

As usual, I grabbed the wrong grocery cart and went bumpity-bumpity down the aisle.

Maybe there's a wad of gum or something stuck to a wheel.

I bent down to see.

A jelly bean! For goodness sake! For the prices Piggly Wiggly charges, you'd think they could keep the jelly beans off the floor!

I cleaned the sticky mess from the wheel with my comb and proceeded on.

Bump-bump, Bump-bump.

Now, what?

I bent down again to examine the infernal wheels.

A flat spot! How in the hell do grocery carts get flat spots on their wheels?

Spinning the left rear wheel and despising its imperfectness, I saw a foot with pink polished toenails, wearing a flip flop, just inches from my nose.

"Excuse me." said the foot's presumed owner.

I mumbled something and tried to scoot over.

"I'm sorry, sir; I just need to reach over you and get to the canned tomatoes."

Curses! Can't a guy fix his wheel?

What was the use? I stood up and sped off toward the cart corral.

I'll just get another damned cart!

Moments later, I pushed a smooth-rolling cart through the store. Nirvana, at last. My teeth unclenched and all was well.

Now, for those hotdogs and TV dinners.

I found the frozen foods and stood with lasagna in one hand and spaghetti with meat sauce in the other.

Hmm. This lasagna has a lot of cheese, but not much meat. This spaghetti has meat--well, it looks like meat--and no cheese.

In my confusion, I dropped the lasagna. As I reached down for it, I saw that foot again. Two of them, actually; both in flip flops, with pink polished toenails. I knew they needed more room and squeezed myself  over.

" I'm sorry, again. If you'll just move your cart back a little, so I can get to the frozen vegetables."

Good grief! Am I being punished for having a smooth rolling cart?  

I stood up and moved out of her way. She must've noticed my frozen food choices and said, "Craving Italian, are we?"

I had no choice but to look my tormentor in the face. "Uh, yeah."

God, is this Trish? She's my big "if"! Thirty years ago, we went on one date together and I was afraid to even hold her hand because she was so pretty! Oh, man, she's still a knockout!

Her big brown eyes caught mine and held them.

"Do I know you?" she asked.

The scared teen in me grunted, "I think so."

"Are you Buddy White, the one who drove that '55 Ford with whitewall tires and baby moon hubcaps?"

Any girl who'd remember those beautiful hubcaps deserves a reply. "Yeah, that's me."

Trish and I rolled our carts together down Piggly Wiggly aisles, while catching up on old times. After checkout, we went to her car and I loaded her groceries. We were both single again, and I really wanted to ask her out.

I told her, "Well, it sure is nice seeing you again."

She smiled and replied, "It's nice seeing you, too."

Things became awkward. The scaredy-cat in me wanted to run, but wheel-man stalled for time. I bent down low to eye her tires.

"You know, this left rear tire is wearing unevenly. My friend has a tire shop and I could... "

Trish put her hand on my shoulder. "I'm making Italian tonight. Would you like to come over?"

Graciously, I accepted. "Why... yes, yes, of course."

On the way back to my apartment, I may have hit a pothole and dented a rim. It bumps like hell, but who cares? I'll fix it Monday. Or maybe Tuesday.

 

 


© 2017 Samuel Dickens



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Samuel Dickens
Well, ya gotta write somethin'.

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You have a way of making a simple trip to the grocery store a romantic adventure filled with delightful images and characters who come alive. I am glad I came upon this one tonight. It is definitely one to file away into my 'feel good' selection of writing :-)

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Samuel Dickens

9 Months Ago

Thank you. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it.



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I had to laugh at this one, especially the mood you got in after she asked you over for dinner. I think even bean soup would have made you happy if she was serving it. Valentine

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Samuel Dickens

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Valentine. You might gather that I've spent some time at grocery stores.
Wonderfully original story Samuel; just loved the whole thing from start to finish.

You have a great talent for bringing your characters to life.

Beccy.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thank you, Beccy. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed it.
I hate the carts that pull to the right. I've never met an old fling in a supermarket before. After this funny story, I'll keep my eyes open.

Always a pleasure Sam.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thanks, Tim. I've not come across one, either, but my radar stays on.
This is one of your best, that I've read so far! I love this story. I can feel the irritation & distraction in the bumping wheel at the beginning, then I'm loving the way you tied it back to bumpy wheels at the end. The discovery of pink toenails was most delightfully long & drawn-out, with the climbing anticipation done as artfully as a dance. Great job!

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thank you, my friend. I just try to make it interesting.
You always manage to bring a smile to my face. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece for no particular reason. But I've come do discover with your stories you don't need one.

Thanks Sam I can always count on you for a great read.
bill

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

It was my pleasure, Bill. Thank you for reading my little story of grocery store romance. (The possi.. read more
We can all relate to those @#*L!! grocery carts with square wheels. This is one "bump-in-the-road" I wouldn't mind experiencing, especially if it turned out to be S.K. and she still looked as good as she did 63 years ago. Your story made me smile.


Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

I'm happy to know it made you smile, Bill. I think about those cuties from long ago, too. Can we sti.. read more
I really like this in many ways. Beyond the stories, I worked many years at a Piggly Wiggly. Your story is so, stop on and has great flow. I can't say it's my favorite of your work, because each time I read one, I like it.

You have me thinking of stories of my past in those stores. Well Done.

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thanks, Will, you ol' Piggly Wiggly guy. For several years, that was the main grocery store in my li.. read more
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Some bumps in your road are well deserved and wanted :) Funny how things are sometimes, huh? Luv ya Sam, this is one of my favorite stops...so much character in this place

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoy my simple tales.
I love this so much! Oh my goodness, I just love it. I don't even want to say why, or say what is so good about it or say what might be done to improve it or...
it is what it is and I love it.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

I'm very happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you.
or maybe Tuesday. depending on how things pan out haha. nice little one Sam. and the ending is open for conjecture.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Samuel Dickens

2 Years Ago

Thanks, Woody.

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