Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The All England " Blue Blood" Shopping Bag!

The tulips are out

Unpacking the groceries

Home from shopping

I think our love affair with the bright orange, strong, reusable, and verstatile Sainsbury shopping bag began back in January of 2008. We had just arrived in South London on a cold, rainy night and had been deposited by my cousins into our tiny little row house. Before we realized it everyone was gone and we were alone. All alone in a cold, dirty little apartment with no food, no cooking utinsels, or anything else to make you need to make you feel at home. After a telephone call from our son, Brice, in which I completely broke down and exclaimed how distraught I was. He calmly replied, "It will get better, Mom, I promise!" It was only then that we realized that we not only had no food or comforts of home, but we also had no car, no knowledge of how to get anywhere, or indeed, no knowledge of even how to walk to a grocery store. The only person we had even met at this point was our landlord, so I called him and asked if he could take us to get some food, pans, plates, etc. He kindly replied that he would be right there. He took us in his tiny little blue car to a Sainsbury Grocery Store in downtown Morden. We picked out a few supplies and packed our things into the beautiful, big ,orange, recyclable grocery bag. For the past 16 months we have been loyal shoppers at Sainsburys, always taking our orange bags with us to carry our groceries home. They are so verstatile and useful. We have found many a good use for them and have observed our English neighbors using them into lots of creative ways.

Following are just a few of the possible ways to use a Sainsbury shopping bag:
1. As grocery carriers, We have found that we can each carry four heavy bags on buses, trams, trains, etc. as we return home with our supplies.
2. They make great laundry hampers.
3. We have contemplated selling our suitcases, because now that we have a nice matching set of Sainsbury luggage (bags).
4. Temple bags
5. Dust bins
6. Umbrellas or hats on a rainy day
7. Sewing or hobby bag
8. Picnic hamper
9. Cooler for carrying drinks and supplies. (They even have insulated ones)
10. Overnight bag for makeup and pajamas
11. Scripture tote
12. Diaper bag
13. Dog Cage
14. Garden tool chest
15. Carry on luggage
16. I'm sure there are lots of other uses for these miraculous bags that only cost one pound each (What a bargain!) but I'll bet we could turn one over to Ted Tuttle and he could probably figure out lots of other uses for it.

I don't think we are going to be bringing many of our clothes or shoes home with us. After 18 months, we are sick of them and they are sick of us. We can't bear to wear any of them again. But we are going to be sure to bring at least 5-6 Sainsbury bags home with us. We plain and simplly just don't think we can live without them.

Life goes on here at the Visitors' Centre. We stay busy and we meet so many interesting people, each with their own conversion story and experiences to share. We organized and attended a barbeque at the President's home last night as a send off of sorts for the Perry's, the Beckstrom's, and President and Sister Swinton. We will all be leaving in June. The new president for the England London South Mission will be Lyle Shamo of Hurricane, Utah origin. I attended Hurricane High School at the same time as he did a few years ago. We hope to be able to meet him when he arrives here on July 1. We leave early in the morning on July 2 and arrive in St. George at about 9:00 pm that night. Those of you who meet us at the St. George Airport will probably see both of us carrying our carry on luggage, our Sainsbury shopping bags, very carefully as we exit the plane. They're too valuable to lose!!! Have a great week.