I am not a Runner

Anyone who knows me and a few who don’t realize I do not run. Except under certain situations. Such as the one that arose yesterday.

My 10 a.m. regular Tuesday morning curb order arrived for pick up. All was wonderful. As I loaded up her groceries I was letting her know I was on holidays next week and who would be doing orders. Also reminded her that it was a Tuesday after the long weekend so she would need to wait for a call.

I closed the trunk of her SUV and pushed my cart back. Waved good bye and entered the building. I pushed my cart against the wall and struggled with the door. It is an emergency exit so I have to lean against the bar to flick the door thingie that keeps it closed. I don’t know what else to call it.

As I was leaning there I glanced over and realized that her box with her bread and bananas was sitting on the shelf.


I grabbed the box and bolted out the door. She had begun to drive away and I began running after her vehicle. Pony tail swinging. Legs pumping. In my head I am laughing maniacally hoping like hell I was not about to wipe out with her groceries and fall on my face.

Thank goodness my customer takes her time. Had she been going faster I never would have caught up with her. I think I shocked her when she finally saw me. She stopped and I put her box in the back of her vehicle and waved her off.

I was walking back across the parking lot laughing at and congratulating myself. Another successful pick up completed. Then stopped in my tracks. In my desire to get to my customer I had not flicked the thingie that keeps door open.

Thankfully there is a way I can get in without having to call for help. I mean it was not -40 so walking around would not have been a chore. But if you know how to do it no one has to know that you just locked yourself out for the 101st time. 不不不不不不不

And The Customer is…..

I have this one customer who drives me absolutely insane. When he speaks to me I want to run away screaming. The inanity that comes out of his mouth at times is boggling. And then recently I discovered that he also makes deliveries to the store.

Today I was facing in the cereal aisle when he came along. I did not even realize he was there at first. In the aisle. And then I heard his voice. I tucked my head down figuring that I would be safe. But no.

C: Why don’t you have the same specials as Wal-mart?

Me (eyes blinking rapidly): Um because we are not Wal-mart?

C: And Sobeys is expensive.

I bit my tongue hard. It took everything in me to not tell him that he could go and shop at Wal-mart if he found us so expensive. Instead I took a deep breath and continued to work.

C: Sorry for being so stupid.

Me: I would not say that you are being stupid. But we do not run the same specials.

C: Well and we all know customers are always wrong.

Me: I would not say that.

He wandered out of the aisle and I went back to facing. Suddenly there he was again showing me a can of strawberry rhubarb pie filling and exclaiming how his mother in law had told him that he could find it there. I smiled and commented that I did not bake. Neither does he but it makes a great topping. On what I did not ask.

After he left I finished off the aisle and tidied up. I knew that one of my curb customers would have placed his order and went to print it off. Ordered the bread and cookies I needed for tomorrow as well as pulled the grocery part of the order.

That took me to the end of my shift and home I came to a very quiet apartment. And it will remain so for the next week. T is at his dad’s until next Monday. Am going to have to get use to the fact that he is not going to be here two weeks out of the month.

I worked out and made steak and corn for dinner. Chilling on the couch watching Criminal Minds and counting down until holidays. Which begin on Thursday at 10 a.m. 10 days off. Lots of reading. Writing. And getting my peace back.

I no longer have a mask to hide the cursing.

May 16/22

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