DISCUSSION between myself and Princess Kel during a city stroll this week turned to bananas (you know bananas, the fruit which now has a higher price per gram than crack cocaine). Well, the conversation was around the fact we should buy two - despite the cost - to at least give the newly solid-eating Princess Holly a taste for them and Ella a treat.
So after quick call to the bank manager to secure the funding for said purchase, the decision was made. Later in the day we call in to a supermarket and I pop in to grab a few essentials, scruffing an extravagant three bananas on the way. People at the checkout look at me like I’m P Diddy.
On the drive home, Kel remembers a couple of other things she needed and we call by a little supermarket in the neighbourhood. Upon re-entering the car, Kel says “oh, I got bananas’’.
“Um, so did I,’’ was my response. We look at each other and swear quietly enough not to be heard by the princesses in the back seat.
“How many did you get?” says I.
“Two. How many did you get?’’ says Kel.
“Three’’. Yep, five bananas coming in at a nice little sum of about $16.
We cut our losses, decide to live on bread and water for the next month and tell a delighted Princess Ella in the back seat she can have her first banana since the floods hit Queensland …. AS LONG as she saves part of it for Holly. Ella, clearly switched on to the new high value on the bendy fruit, proceeds to jump from the car on arrival home saying “see, I saved some for Holly’’ holding up a piece of banana roughly the size of a walnut. Not even a very big walnut.
Later in the day I posted this status on Facebook: “Bought five bananas today. May not be able to pay the power bill this month.” This is a selection of the responses which followed:
Coley: I’m working two jobs just to pay for my girlfriends 2-a-day habit.
Shae: You can buy a pair of Jimmy choo heels for the cost of bananas.
Testy: I never even gave it a thought and bought 3 the other day from Woolies – got home and realised that they cost me over $8.00 WTF??
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