Today, March 17th, 2020, I’m participating in Two Writing Teachers’ Slice of Life Story Challenge.
After three days of not going into town, Pia offered her husband to do the groceries. She spent the entire afternoon hiking with their dog at the Smith Rock State Park while he was working in his warehouse. The list was not outrageous but somehow ordinary articles with one or two odd things. She opened her phone and reviewed the list that they have put together:
boneless chunk roast, round steak or stew meat to cut squares (this is Steve)
sodium hydroxide or lye, caustic soda, or pure or food-grade sodium hydroxide
some sort of cookies maybe waffle or Belvita Breakfast Biscuits Cranberry Orange (this is Pia).
After four stops, she managed to bring home everything but lye. It seems the entire country decided to make soap, Pia thought.
When she open the door, a soft voice came from the speakers: Welcome home, Pia. We have noticed that you were out of the premises. Please, remove your clothing and be ready for the routine screening to comply with the protocol.
Pia puts gently on the floor the grocery bags, and undress herself nonchalantly. Please, hold your arms up and be ready to follow disinfection.
A soft mist sprays from the ceiling covering her entire figure. For two minutes she stays still while the voice count. Finally, it says. You are cleared and may get dress. She grabs her clothes and place them in the laundry basket, and walk to her room to look for her pajama. She kisses her husband, and together they start unloading the bags while telling each other their day.