Thirty minutes of wonderful pleasures with only a slight awareness of time. Lingering with no tugging or crying kids around. My senses all engaged. My joys began to pile up around me and with every turn yet another delight. The exotic and familiar all coming together.
Then it came, a slow building of adrenaline. The realization that I would have to pay for what I had just done. I had no idea if I was even close to to the edge. I had no safety net to rely on. All alone as my joys were counted up. I dug deep within to find every last bit.
I wonder what would it be that would send me over the edge. What should I have denied myself? Then the moment of truth comes. I feel my heart racing.
Then her voice pronounces the verdict. $60.44. I did it! I have what it will take to pay my Aldi's bill. I survived once again. I even have enough to come back some time later this month, but I will have to be much more careful then.
Ah, the dangers of shopping in a place that does not take a credit card.