Friday, January 23, 2009

Walk in these shoes . . .

Zeta told me there was ice on the cars, yesterday. When I passed this on to J, he said that it has been a long time since we had to be out early in the cold to go somewhere. Too right. The only reason for our going out relatively early is to beat the crowds of shoppers at Wal Mart, Tarjay or BJ's. Publix crowds I can deal with. I'm taller than a lot of the men, and most of the women. I really am tall. People ask me to hand them items off the top shelf, occasionally.

Yesterday, in the ten-items-express-lane, a well dressed woman stood staring at the three plastic bags on the counter that the cashier had filled with a few groceries. The transaction was complete but she waited behind the handle of her cart for the elderly cashier to come around the counter and place the few bags in her cart. She pushed them out the door by her very own self, however.

I grimaced a little at the cashier (I know her from my many trips to the store) and muttered, "That was strange."

"Sometimes, they want a little more service when they are on food stamps," she answered.

That gave me a whole new perspective on what I had thought was arrogance. You never know . . .

8 comments:

ol Doc said...

Would I recognize the 'elderly' cashier? I used to frequent the store before moving - mo' to the point, would she recognize moi?

RANGER said...

She's about 01 Doc's height or a little less, bottle blonde, moderately heavy set, wide mouth, thin lips - usually a little grumpy? (I mostly get along okay with grumps. Don't know why.)

Not the thin, older, blonde with hip trouble, she retired.

Remember our book contact who liked to read as much as we do? She retired, too. After you moved, she and I talked about going to hear Nora Roberts read at Books and Books. I forget why we didn't go.

Big Ed said...

I thought she didn't care for Nora Roberts. I thought you weren't going to any more book reads at the Library. Too bad, no more Harry Potter books to read after a midnight run to get them. The last time wasn't as fun however. Too many people.

RANGER said...

Yes she did like Nora Roberts. I think she had to work the day we were supposed to go. Schedule change or some such. Not positive, though.

I would go to an author's book signing or reading session if I liked the author's stuff. Usually those are at book stores so they can sell mo' books.

ol Doc said...

I'm still waiting for a visit when we can go to the Rawlins homestead at Cross Creek.

I don't recall the cashier you described but do remember fondly the one who liked to read!

ol Doc said...

Rawlings. Marjorie K - y' know the one....

RANGER said...

We'd better go since you have the new GPS and we might be able to actually find the place.

Susan said...

On a side note. Isn't being tall great?
I get asked to fetch high things as well. And I love it :)