The Lady in the Supermarket continued…


Yesterday, I put off going to the supermarket, for only a handful of groceries, again! I needed to take the dog for a walk as well, but for some reason I had a gut feeling that I should take the car and do the lazy “stop at the park on the way home walk”. Lucky I did, because after gathering my items and finding the shortest queue, I found myself lined up again (déjà vu) behind the lady from my previous story! I had not seen her since I wrote the story a few months back!

After a few moments of fear and hesitation, I found the courage to tell her about the story I wrote about our previous encounter. She gave me a puzzled look and asked why I wrote a story about her. I replied that I thought it was worth sharing, because it could make people happier. Next, I asked her if she had access to a computer, so she could have a look at it. She told me her daughter could help her, so I asked the attendant for a pen and some scrap paper to write my blog address down for the lady. I must admit that I stumbled a bit trying to remember how to actually write it on paper with the “http” and appropriate amount of dots and slashes. So I added “Word Press Blog” and wrote “story about ‘the ladies name'” followed by the title of the story, hoping that would be enough information for the daughter to locate it on the web.

I could tell she was still surprised and had quite a few questions as to my motive and what was so special about her that I had written a story about it. I assured her it was all good and that she should check it out to get the answers. I felt really good about the fact that I could return the good feelings and was hoping the story made her feel as good as what she had done to me on our previous encounter. As I walked out, I again felt the same way I did last time!

Thinking about this on the way home, I drove straight past the park and had to turn around to take the dog for his anticipated run! Poor boy, I was so happy, I could not wait to get home to write this down, because to me it felt like things “fell” into place, because I had thought about how nice it would be for her to read it as I published it last week! I am glad I acted on my gut feeling!

The Lady in the Supermarket


A little while back, I was not very motivated to go to the shops all day and kept putting it off. I finally got to the small local Supermarket late in the afternoon. While I was there I thought of dinner for that night and decided to keep it simple, because of the hot weather, and just buy a tin of (dolphin friendly) tuna and add cold steamed rice, lettuce from the garden and a few other bits and pieces from the fridge, like home made dressing and a couple of boiled eggs. So there I was with my one tuna tin in hand lining up to pay. Waiting in line I observed a small lady in front of me and found myself wondering about her story and looking at her packed basket.


Next she turns around and looks at my tin and me. She starts to point at me and the register saying “You Go” with a warm smile. I said that I was not in a hurry, but she would not take no for an answer. So I went up to the register and finished my business as quick as I could, so her ice cream wouldn’t melt. I made sure to thank her very much for her kindness as I walked out of the shop smiling.


When I started to reverse my car out of the parking spot, right out the front, she came walking out with her smile lighting up some more when we made eye contact. Then I drove off to go home while returning her smile and waving goodbye and thanks again. I felt really happy!


On my short drive home I thought about this encounter with a total stranger, How often do I look at people behind me in a queue? How such a small gesture can make two people both feel really happy? She felt great for her good deed and so did l for the warm hearted gift! Not only that, upon arriving home I went on line to write this down and spotted an old friend logged on, that I had not spoken to for ages, so I had to share this story with her and guess what? It even made her feel good hearing about it!


This event reinforced to me why I am writing these stories and my mission to try and make this world a better place. I am glad I put off going to the supermarket all day and went there when I finally did!