The trouble with the wife being away in the Big Smoke is that Huttonian has shopping duties for an entire nuclear family
including 2 under fives. Sir Morrison's is well adapted for the younger citizen with no less than 45 varieties of Pampers which I always used to think were South American grasslands. The choice is bewildering for the older generation; In my day as a young father etc it was simple Nappies: disposable or washable. Large, Medium Small.You could get it wrong but only twice. Now you can make 44 mistakes on the trot. Sizes from 4 Kg to 6Kg, from 6kg to 11 Kg, from 8 Kg to 14 kg; 14Kg to a Routemaster Bus. . How heavy is Ms KB ? And why can't it be in good old British lbs? Blast the phone is engaged-can't askthe eldest daughter what size to get. Age of baby in months converted into pounds, divided by 2.2. ?By the time you have worked that one out she will have put on another .25KG and start again.
My task this morning was complicated by an Earnest Foreign Visitor. Possibly Japanese; certainly an anxious father. He read through the labels on every pamper in every section and always the one I wanted to look at. His English was as uncertain as my Japanese, and the blurb seemingly failed to convince him. and in the end he went off empty handed.
So did I.