Late Grocery Run Secures Tasty Thanksgiving

November 24, 2005--Posted at 5:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR--Lots of work goes into a top notch delicious Thanksgiving dinner but sometimes the perfect meal is lacking that one ingredient. Almost no one forgets the turkey but everyone seemingly forgets those odds and ends.

"We were up here at 4 or 5 o'clock this morning and got everything we needed except 3 boxes of Christmas lights and sage," said last minute shopper Larry Veal.

"I don't care what holiday it is we always forget something or another at least a couple items," said shopper Larry Erauw.

So once the cooking of the turkey, dressing and other goodies are underway a number of wives realize they are missing something and husbands are charged with making a last minute run to the store.

"I think it is just part of tradition people forget stuff so the husbands get sent to pick it up while the wife is cooking dinner," said Veal.

With 3 kinds of squash a call home is the only way to figure out which one is the correct one and a simple trip to the store can turn into expedition for these doting husbands.

"If you wouldn't have asked me if I had gotten the right sage I am not sure if I would have known," said Veal

At the end of the day these guys know what is good for them.

"I don't have to do a whole lot this is the least that someone has to do my wife does most of the other stuff," said shopper Robert Bahn.

So at the end of the day when all the delicious food has been consumed a trip to the store doesn't seem that bad. As people across the country celebrate Thanksgiving it's the last minute jaunt to the grocery store that makes it all possible.

"If it is a tradition of running out, I suppose it is part of the holiday season," said shopper Fonda Lofton.

Most of the shoppers we talked to had already been to the grocery store the day before and still managed to forget one item.