Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My living is not in vain

I left stopped off at the grocery store early this morning so I could buy me something for lunch. The only store that was open at 6 something in the morning was Wal-Mart and so when I went inside, I looked at my watch and had about fifteen minutes to waste before I went to work, which was just up the road. So I walked around trying to find something I could throw in the microwave because I knew I wouldn't be taking a lunch today because of all the work I needed to get done. As I walked towards the freezer section, I saw some pizzas that were usually four dollars or more were on sale for 1.98. Hmmmm, I think I should get the kids a few of them but since I was on my way to work, there wasn't anywhere to keep pizzas until I got off work.

When I got off work, I decided to swing back by there just to see if there were a few pizzas left at that price to pick up. Sure enough, there were tons of pizza and I got a few of them and then thought that we needed bread, so I picked that up too. While I was walking down the aisle where the bread was, an elderly gray-haired white lady in one of those wheelchair scooters from the store rolled up near me and said, "Excuse me, can you tell me where the frozen dumplings are." I said, "Well, I think they are over on the next aisle" and I pointed over to the freezer section where I thought they were. She rolled on over to the other side and I was leaving the bread aisle about to go and check out. As I walked passed the freezer section, I saw the elderly lady still rolling and glancing in the glass doors of the freezer section.

I backed up and turned around and went to her and said, "Looks like you haven't found them yet." She said, "No, I haven't found them yet." I looked into this elderly lady eyes and all I could see was if that was my mother and needed help. I said, "Well let me look for them for you." I told her that she didn't have to move and that I would find the dumplings for her. I also told her that I'm guessing I would find them either by the pie crusts or the biscuits. As I was looking down by the pie crust, the elderly lady was parked (no pun intended) by the biscuits and she said, "Ma'am, I think I see them." Oh cute it was someone who could have probably passed as my great-grandmother calling me ma'am. So I walked on down and sure enough I found the frozen dumplings that was located on the very top shelf and I opened the glass door, reached up and got a pack down for the elderly lady. I asked if she needed more than one and she said that one was fine. She thanked me and we both went on our way. That was a good feeling.

Lovingly yours,

1 comment:

  1. There is a name for this 'good' feeling that comes when we help someone. I can't remember the term, but I actually heard it this week on some medical show! Cool, huh? I was in the store this week and helped an elderly lady empty her basket onto the checkout counter. She said if people stopped helping her, she'd have to stay home.