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For the ‘I’d Read Your Grocery List’ challenge

By Dana StewartPublished 8 months ago 1 min read
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This piece is written for Mackenzie Davis’ I’d Read Your Grocery List challenge. Thanks for the prompt, Mackenzie. You can read more about this unofficial challenge here:


1 pound ground round

Taco shells

Saffron rice

Purple onion, black olives

Avocados (if they’re on sale)

Italian sub, extra Genoa


Two packs of Oreos

Brownie mix

ornament hangers


Lean Cuisines



Fresh vegetables


2% milk

New razor


fresh flowers


Va-va voom mascara


2 Ribeye steaks

2 Baking potatoes

Taper Candles (red)

Box of Matches

mosquito spray

September 21st

Ice cream



1 pound ground round

Taco shells

Saffron rice

Italian sub, extra Genoa


Two packs of Oreos

Brownie mix

wrapping paper


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Comments (16)

  • Heather Hubler7 months ago

    Geez, this was so great!! No idea how just a few grocery lists could tell such a story. You could feel the seasons and the change in mindset/relationships throughout. I really enjoyed it :)

  • Mariann Carroll7 months ago

    Delicious grocery list . The food on the list .

  • Wow, I can't believe you told a story with just items on a grocery list. This was really good.

  • Test8 months ago

    🤍 Fantasric-Love the seasonality and then the cyclicality of life captured perfectly within a shopping list 🤍 Never had an Oreo...feel that tomorrow may well be the day 🤍

  • Ah so they were a person who ate a lot, then they saw someone they liked and started dieting. Then cooked for their partner even. Sadly, they broke up. And this person went back to eating a lot. You're brilliant!

  • Mackenzie Davis8 months ago

    Gosh I feel like this has several interpretations. The one I'm solid on is that this is the story of a breakup. Speaker makes tacos, has dessert, all is fun in December. Presumably, she meets a crush, starts to diet (February), and possibly starts dating around. Meets the boyfriend, has a sexy date in June, dates for 3 months or so, then breaks up on September 21st (nice touch with the specific date -- wow). And back to December, we see the tacos come back, perhaps comfort food, perhaps as a way to manifest good luck a second time around. Fantastic job! Each list was so vivid, I could see the speaker's thinking behind all the items, the scenes they were preparing for. Oh, this is so fun, seeing everyone's entries!

  • Kristen Balyeat8 months ago

    This is a great story, Dana! Fantastic job with this challenge!

  • Donna Renee8 months ago

    This is so good, Dana!! ❤️😩😭❤️ that’s the cycle of life right there.

  • Poppy 8 months ago

    This is awesome Dana! It subtly tells so much. I love how it comes full circle. So well done!

  • JBaz8 months ago

    A year in the life. This is so clever and fun to read.

  • Suze Kay8 months ago

    Aw Dana this one really held a story! What a great way to take the challenge. Love it.

  • Tiffany Gordon 8 months ago

    Yum! Loved your choices!

  • Lamar Wiggins8 months ago

    Mmm! The mention of saffron rice literally reminded me that I need to get some brown rice lol. Thanks. Is there a significance to 9/21?

  • Cathy holmes8 months ago

    Oh, I see what you did here. Great response. I prob would have given up on the Lean Cuisine by mid January. Kudos.

  • Babs Iverson8 months ago

    Fantastic list!!! Sending hearts!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Manisha Dhalani8 months ago

    Must have ice cream!

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