Remember yesterday when I said going to the blood clinic wouldn’t be too bad because I often meet some nice people. Well, I guess God heard – and decided to surprise me! On my way home I stopped for groceries…….
I stood eyeing the groceries in my basket, trying to decide how to go about unloading them since they were in two boxes both of which were too heavy for me to lift. So take out some of the items piece by piece seemed to be the most logical way.
The noisy sound of a motorcycle interrupted my thoughts. Shortly a muscled bearded man parked his bike and turned off the key.
“Hey, I need a Boy Scout or a biker to help me,” I called.
“Sure, what do you need?” he asked as he came my way.
He was no Boy Scout, but he had muscles and the manners of a Boy Scout. And I made a ten minute friend. Basket unloaded I told him he was welcome to the basket with its quarter in the slot. He pointed out that he didn’t need the basket, he couldn’t carry much on his bike. I laughingly told him he was welcome to the quarter anyway, so he took the basket to the storage place, retrieved the quarter, and gave me a friendly wave goodbye.
I have found that the Aldi’s* parking lot is a most welcoming spot to give and receive a smile. Someone generously pays a quarter for his basket deposit, when he unloads he offers the basket to whoever parks near him, and the sequence can go on – until someone decides he needs the quarter worse than he needs a friendly smile. He retrieves the quarter deposit that someone else made and goes on his way – the old grouch!
*Aldi’s is a grocery story where you have to get your basket by putting a quarter in the slot to unleash it. After you unload it, it can be taken back to the basket row where the link is inserted to lock in the basket and out pops a quarter as the returned deposit.