La Autopista del Kroger (with apologies to Julio Cortázar)

Photo by Franki Chamaki on Unsplash

At first the man with the case of Bud Light and the half-gallon of milk had insisted on keeping track of the time, but the girl with the birthday cake didn't care anymore. Anyone could look at their watch, but it was as if time was something that mattered only to outsiders, those who hadn't made the blunder of trying to get groceries on a Sunday afternoon in Southern Indiana, and had to…