Yesterday we got EVERYTHING done that The Queen wanted. (1) Her to-do lists are sometimes Herculean, and (2) we always wonder how long her body will cooperate. At the end of all the wrapping, we were downstairs, relaxing and listening to Kenny G’s Christmas cd (don’t @ me, it’s one of the most musical ever made), and enjoying the ambiance of our downstairs tree with the presents around it. Next – supper time. That’s a completely separate blog – oh my word it was incredible. After cleanup, I was exhausted and ready to settle in with a cup of coffee. And then I remembered – WALMART! I needed to make a Walmart run.
I didn’t want to go, but I knew to put it off until today would be even worse, and besides, there were things The Queen needed for today. SO, off to WAITMART I go. After what seemed like a gazillion clarification texts (so I would be sure and get what she meant), I was finally done and standing in one of the TWO open checkout lines. (I try to not use the self-checkout because they just take peoples’ jobs or severely limit the hours they need to help pay for their lives)
As I stand in line I heard a cacophony behind me. As I’m tired and ready to get home, my first thought was “great, someone who can’t control their children!” I have been diligently working on trying to slow down and live more in the moment, and so I turned around to see the cause of the commotion. I saw a Hispanic family with several young children, the husband, wife, and grandma. There are few things worse than children having to wait to check out of a store, and my heart went out to that family. As I was next, I offered them my place in line.
They were very grateful, and I felt good about the gesture. It forced me to slow down, stay in the moment, and do something helpful to fellow citizens of this globe we call earth. The reason I’m writing this is NOT so you will think what a nice guy I am – here’s the reason why (it needed the buildup, you see.)
As they were positioning their multiple carts and bodies, the grandmother said, “Thank you, sir! That’s really kind of you and we appreciate it.” I responded, “You’re welcome, I’m happy to try to help.” Here it comes – then she said, “BLESS YOU, we are from Illinois and on our way to Nevada. It’s a long car trip, and this was a touching gesture to tired people.”
Wow! And I thought I was tired. And I thought I was being a blessing. I left Waitmart grateful for the reminder that we really don’t know what other people are going through. I know “’tis the season,” but that can often mean just more stress on people and families. This exhausted-long trip-sweet family gave ME a blessing. Wow!
I came home, put the groceries away, and sat down in my chair with my cup of coffee – I still got to do what I longed for, but with a different heart and mindset than I had when I left for Walmart.
So, let’s see if we can be extra kind to people in a hurry, let’s see if we can slow ourselves down, let’s see if we can stay in the moment and try to realize what’s going on around us, and what those needs are. Let’s try to enjoy the moments we’re in rather than wishing them away on something in the past or the future. After all, ’tis the season!