Life Lessons & So Much Laughter

I swear I am losing my mind. Or my brain is going on vacation. Some of the things that have come out of my mouth this week…….
  1. Do you need to purchase a bag? Would you like paper for $10? (price is actually .10 C)
  2. Scanned the code for paper bags……stood staring at the phone before realizing that it was the phone and not the till……phone and till are in no way connected. At all.
  3. Freaked a customer out……asked which one smelled……should have added good the first time. Both looked horrified until I reassured them that I was smelling something good. Really as if I would shout that out if you stink!!!!
In a Covid post I talked about one of my customers who I was worried about. Gentleman who had lost his wife. Came into the store for the first time days before Covid hit. Hugged him. Etc. Today I hear a voice and I look at check out 1 and who is there……my customer.
I was almost bawling. I was in tears I was so happy to see him. I have been so worried and I told him that to. Said I did not know if he had kids shopping for him so there was no way for me to find out he was ok. He wanted to hug me but Covid……so instead we stood 6′ apart and spread our arms as if giving hugs. I do not know this man’s name. I do not know anything about him. Other than his wife passed….he moved from the family home…..was learning to shop on his own…..but has the biggest smile always and kindest words. That he is safe and I finally got to see him. Absolutely best part of my day today.
I am struggling this week with regards to writing. Yet I need to write so instead of poetry I am blasting you with small snippets of my life.
I am learning so much recently. I am growing and slightly surprised that I can do so. A prime example is I am an organizational freak. Things look good a certain way so everything has to be that way. When putting bags for life out one does not do so willy nilly…….you separate and hand according to same bag pic etc. I know some call it OCD but that is not what it is at all…..I like organization. I like uniformity. IDK I have a way of doing things. Now the other day Tember asked if he could put away the dried goods. So I said sure. He wants to help. Well everything we use is now on the bottom shelf. The 2nd shelf is nearly empty and the top shelf…..things we do not use. I stood and looked at it.
‘But Buddy I need to see things?’
‘What things mom?’
‘Like the seasoning/gravy……you know what buddy you did a great job. Thank you.’
My cupboard is still Tember stylized.
I also asked him to make me a peanut butter squishy.   One slice of bread…..spread peanut butter over the whole piece…..fold in half and squish! The peanut butter was not totally spread out and I said something and than looked at him and said ‘thank you so much Buddy. I appreciate you making this for me.’ (Next squishy he made peanut butter covered corner to corner lol)
This whole week has been growth and laughter. I realize and accept that sometimes brain and mouth do not always co-ordinate. I am learning to accept that not everything has to be done my way. As hard as that is. But I am getting there and that is all that matters.
Have a great weekend everyone.
🙂
©July 10/20
Picture is my own

Giggles of the Week

A few things that made me laugh:
We have a flat of 30 med eggs on for $4.99. A pack of 18 large eggs is $4.62. Needless to say I was running back and forth a lot returning the 18’s and grabbing the ’30’s. I come back from grabbing a flat for a dad and daughter and hand them off. As I did I was asking the dad ‘to please flip the eggs over’ while I was gesturing to his Air Miles card. His daughter looks at me funny and slowly turns the eggs over. Her dad was laughing and I explained I had flipped the eggs with air miles because I had just finished getting the eggs for them. She starts to giggle and looks at her dad ‘well I thought she might know something about eggs we don’t. Maybe you should be turning your eggs upside down.’
With another customer segued from a conversation about candy from Nutty Club (Canadian Company makes candy and other things) into how I almost overdosed as a child due to thinking that sleeping pills were candy corn. This was the ’70’s fun and funky colors for all. As we were talking and my customer was rolling with laughter I came to the conclusion that I was and am still incredibly klutzy. I use myself as comedic fodder. Not sure if the stories are really as funny as I think they are or if it is the way the I tell it.
Tember announced today that he will never be able to come into Sobeys if I did not stop telling stories about him. Said how would anyone know who he was? I only tell my customers. It is not as though I am pulling out my phone and showing pictures of him. I am not describing him. Other than generically. 11 years old. Male. Blonde. Funny. Loves to talk. And will not shower. Yes that is right I am still living the struggle of a child who believes showering is an option not a requirement. And I nag way too much about this lack according to him.
Came home from work yesterday to dishes not being done. Chores in general not being done. And I called Tember out. He responds with ‘But mom I showered without you even having to nag at me!’ I look at him and ask ‘So which did you catch a whiff of? Feet or your pits?’ ‘My pits mom.’
Today has got to be the best yet:
‘Mom I do not know how you do it!’
‘How I do what?’
‘How do you get the dishes to not smell?’
He leaves glasses in his room and things congeal……this is why he is now in charge of doing the dishes on his week here.
Hope that I have given you a small smile at least.
Have a fabulous Wednesday Evening/Thursday Morning depending on where you are at.
©July 8/20