Saturday, April 11, 2009
Life is often funny. I was just at the market. I'm sure I gave the cashier a $20, but got change for a $10. What to do? I don't know. The wait was worth it. I met Mrs. Webber, oh and the couple in front of her and a woman behind me. The store was very busy and the lines long. The woman in front of us looked single, but then a guy came along. He looked like a cashier. We were all hopeful "3's a crowd." Nope. Just her husband. I cracked a joke and we all started to laugh, then believe it or not, we were saved by a guy who said "Next person in line." We couldn't believe our luck and and ran to the next stall! Seriously. Laughing all the way. The woman in front of me said "Are you a lucky charm?" Yup, that's me. Our line was a hoot. Our cashier too. The woman in front of me had a beautiful bouquet of lilies. I said "Are those for you?" She replied "Yup, I think I'm special." I replied "When I had money I thought I was too!" We talked about the economy, retirement, etc. We laughed and nearly cried. We're all struggling in some way. It's awful really. She told me she was buying them to remember better times. When her bill rang up, the clerk said "Thank you Mrs. Weber." We'd been talking the whole time and I said "Have a beautiful life Mrs. Weber." We hugged a long, long time. We'll never see one another again, but we'll never forget one another. I'm sure of that. Her perfume still lingers on my shirt. And the couple in front of us? They matter too. And the woman behind me, she matters as well. For some reason we were all meant to meet in line in Safeway. What a beautiful life.