Before COVID-19 hit, outside of the "bread and milk" panics before snowstorms, I can honestly never remember there being shortages of things. Sure, you'd see the yearly run on the popular kids' toys around the holidays, but more often than not, those shortages were artificially created by the manufacturers themselves. I'm talking about basic foods and supplies. As things like toilet paper and cleaning products become more available, random other items are continually tough to find.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, I shuffled into the grocery store with the list that my wife wrote out. I was able to get everything on my list – except for the graham crackers. We were planning on having a fire in the backyard, and the kids wanted to make S'mores. Apparently, we weren't the only family on the SouthCoast that had that in mind, because the store shelves were wiped out of graham crackers.

I didn't think much about it. It was the holiday weekend after all, and people needed their S'mores.

Before we headed up to Foxboro to go "camping" last weekend, my wife sent me back to the store with another list for the trip. Graham crackers were back on the list, but incredibly, they were not back in the store. I asked one of the employees about it and they told me that they have been having a tough time keeping graham crackers in stock all summer. How random is that?

I've since talked to a number of other people who have run into the same problem at different stores across the SouthCoast. The graham crackers have vanished.

Never in my life have I ever struggled to buy graham crackers. Now all of a sudden, there's a graham cracker shortage? I just don't get it.

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