Grocery Store Conversations and Why They Matter

Grocery Store Conversations and Why They Matter (Author ~ Jennifer DeJournett)

Despite what my husband says, the grocery store is not just for buying groceries and other necessary supplies.   The grocery store tends to be the universal hub of a community.  

It is a place where you see your neighbors, visit with the store clerk, and generally can tell the health of the community at large.  If the meat products are fast turning, people have money to spend.  If the meat isn’t moving, people are clearly being frugal and more cautious in their economic endeavors.

The other interesting part of the grocery store is the checkout lane.  My husband will gladly fulfill his list, look for the quickest line and proceed to the car in as fast of a time as possible. Women, on the other hand, tend to linger and have those one-off conversations with random strangers to fill the time and gather a community consensus.  

For example, today a conversation occurred between three generations of women with vastly different political views regarding the origin of the current events occurring in Madison, Wisconsin.   A quick question turned in to an interesting philosophical discussion between a conservative, independent and liberal woman. 

The complex policy being debated in Wisconsin was translated into a grocery store checkout lane chit-chat. 

During the conversation, the women agreed with each other that 1) America can no longer fund bloated contracts and continue to live beyond her means. 2) No class of society is immune in tough economic times.  3) President Obama needs to focus on Federal issues and not weigh in on a matter that should be left to Wisconsin.  “Isn’t that why we have State Government?  Doesn’t President Obama have something better to do?” said the liberal lady.

Those grocery store conversations are important because in a matter of minutes, an authentic conversation occurred and views became solidified.   The next conversation that happens between other women will further the message in a louder voice because it will echo the conversations before it. 

Before you know it, an idea will propagate throughout a community because it was carried by the many voices that contributed to the message. 

The power of the grocery store is that these women will likely see each other again and remember that friendly face that was willing to pause for a moment to discuss things of importance.  A new friend is made, an idea passed and a community is changed all within a few moments of time.

1 comment to Grocery Store Conversations and Why They Matter

  • Sue Jeffers

    It should surprise no one that I have been having these ‘chats’ with people at my grocery store for 20 plus years…many great conversations. But a funny thing happened when the checkout guy found out I had a conservative radio show….he stopped talking to me and mostly gives me dirty looks now. I on the other hand, at my charming best, continue to chat away.