It’s been over four months since I’ve stepped foot inside a Wawa convenience store.
Never heard of Wawa? Here’s a little background info I provided on Wawa in a previous post.
If you haven’t heard of Wawa, then just imagine what the ultimate convenience store would be like, and that’s Wawa. It’s better than 7-Eleven, Sheetz, or any regional convenience store chain you can think of. It’s a Philadelphia based chain, with stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. If you ever visit the Philly area, then Wawa has to be on your list of places to visit.
Sure, if you are visiting Philly for the first time, you’ve got to see the Liberty Bell. But your next stop should be Wawa; in fact, there’s one a little more than a football field away from the Bell.
Anyway, between being in Singapore for the first few months of the year, and then coming home to a lockdown, I hadn’t been able to stop into my favorite store for over four months now. You’ve got to realize, this is a place I would stop in to at least a couple of times a week.
Sure, it’s been open the whole time – it’s most certainly an essential part of people’s lives around here – but I couldn’t justify going there since we were doing all of our grocery shopping online and eating our meals at home. So it wasn’t a “necessity” to me.
But today I just couldn’t take it any longer – the slogan “gottahava Wawa” kept running through my head.
I had to stop in and pick up that most Philly of all foods – a soft pretzel.
I was happy, but not surprised, to see that Wawa had things well under control, safe distancing markers, hand sanitizer bottles, plastic shields in front of the cashier, and everybody was wearing a mask.
And they had soft pretzels.
My son and I each picked one up, along with a couple of other items, and we were in and out in a couple of minutes.
But what wonders that short visit did for me.
It brought to life the bravery of store employees who have been working through this pandemic.
It showed me that people were taking things seriously and showing respect for each other by doing all the things we have been asked to do.
It gave me the sense that things were returning to normal, slowly but surely.
And of course, it reminded me of how great Wawa is, and how yummy their soft pretzels are.
Yes, the visit was all that and more.
So if you are ever in the Philly area be sure to make it a point to stop in at a Wawa.
Heck, you may even want to visit one before you check out the Liberty Bell…