Grocery shopping tends to be a solitary affair. Even if you're the type who enjoys this weekly task, you're usually doing your meditative meandering without much interaction with other shoppers. Which is why actually getting into a conversation with a fellow customer can feel...startling. I, for one, welcome it. Do you?
Maybe it's because I'm a food writer and a food lover, and I welcome any excuse to talk about food. If I see someone struggling to identify the parsley from the cilantro, I can't help but jump in. Or take that woman wondering what to do with watercress. She had originally asked the check-out person and I just happened to be standing behind her in line.
People also initiate conversations with me all the time. They see something in my basket or they ask about my reusable produce bags. Or maybe I have a friendly face and people feel comfortable approaching me. Whatever the reason, I'm happy to have a little conversation before going our separate ways.
Do you ever strike up conversations with fellow shoppers? Does it matter whether you're at a large grocery store or a place like the farmers market? What about when other shoppers approach you?