As a rule, I quietly go about my business during the day, and being the private and unobtrusive type of person that I am, I pretty much keep to myself, yet I don’t completely shut myself off from the world around me. I just not a forward person with an extroverted leaning when it comes to the public at large.
Sometime ago – it was in 2021, in fact – I was at the grocery store with Best Friend. Whilst we stood in the express lane waiting to pay for our goods, a woman zipped over in a motorized cart to our place in line. She creeped up and tapped me on the arm. What a surprise to me, especially since it was still in the Era of Fear of COVID. She obviously wasn’t in fear, since she wasn’t wearing a face covering.
Startled, I took a half step back, thinking she needed to get past me in the checkout line. I smiled, and she could see my friendly smile.
This time she touched my arm. Then she spoke.
“No, no,” she smiled. “Don’t go. I just wanted to say to you how nice you look. It’s so refreshing to see someone actually dress up these days. You look so nice. And your companion, too. You both look good together.”
I relaxed and smiled even broader. “Thank you,” I replied. It’s so nice of you to say that. It’s nice that there are a few friendly people left in this world.”
She laughed. “Oh, there are a few left!” And she made a U-turn and zipped away on her motorized cart. I watched as she happily went on her merry way, her grey-white hair neatly coiffed, blouse and pants pressed, and her black shoes polished.
How refreshing that encounter was! It made up for the rudeness and short tempers that seem to have festered throughout society since the world went nuts in 2019 with the longest flu season in history.
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Excerpt from “A Hopeful World,” ©2023