Tuesday is Byron’s and my errand-running day, for the most part. Beth, who’s cleaned our house ( two different houses ) for 32 years is doing her thing for about 3 1/2 hours every Tuesday morning, and she is grateful that we get out of her way. So, we keep a ” to do ” list all week——-until Tuesday rolls around.
It’s important to note that we end our Tuesday journey at Main Street 211 virtually every week. I have the poppy seed chicken special ALWAYS, and Byron has chicken salad with grapes and tomatoes. And then , for future, easy , ” do it yourself ” meals, I bring home white chicken chili soup and oreo pie slices !!!!!! You just can’t beat it………………..
So, this week , off to drop Gracie at Lavonia Pet Salon for her bath, by the bank for check-cashing, then to Lavonia Animal Hospital to pick up Gracie’s medicine, and on to Hartwell for incidentals at Walmart, the ever-present stalwart of ” all you’ll ever need ” under a single roof !
Gathered my few things while Byron headed to the market for dog food. Gracie eats whether we do or not , as any of you pet-lovers know and understand ! I decided to sit in the entrance, something I’ve never done before. So, here are some lessons learned.
—–In about 15 minutes of waiting , I counted some 35 + people coming and going, including two that I knew , Frances ( Tiny ) Andrews and Jean Davison. So happy to see both and chat for a few minutes. Would have missed an opportunity had I not chosen to sit and wait. Stopped counting customers while we visited , so my numbers may be skewed.
—–Out of the 35+, all but seven either smiled, spoke, nodded, or waved with happy thoughts like ” Hope you’re having a good day “, ” Nice weather we’re sharing ” , ” You look comfortable ” , ” How are you today ? ” etc. You get the picture : upbeat, pleasant, friendly, and just downright uplifting ! A whole bunch of strangers being kind and attentive. What a concept………….
—–On the other hand ( there’s always the “other hand ” ) , the seven or so who chose not to reach out seemed either preoccupied, angry, sad, or even arrogant. At one time three people walked out together : no smiles, no conversation, no packages. Made me wonder.
Just a little piece of life. Just a small snapshot of human nature. Just a reminder to me ( ESPECIALLY TO ME ) that we are noticed and noted. And , most important of all, however insignificant we might feel in this big ole world , what we do ——what we say—-what we model ——are building blocks for someone, somewhere.
Lesson learned from the entryway at a Walmart !
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