After finishing a five hour duty last week, I decided to stop at Aldi’s to pick up some food. Since I was tired, I tried to keep my selection to the minimum. However, I found that I had to carry out two boxes of items plus bags of potatoes and apples and a gallon of milk.
If you are familiar with Aldi’s you know you pack your own, carry it out, put your items in the car, take the cart back, put it in the cart line and get your quarter back. I thought I could do that but I was concerned that I might not be able to lift the boxes out of the cart and put them in the trunk. But I could lift them in an item at a time if I had to.
I pushed the cart to the car, opened the trunk, then what do I see next to me! A good looking young black man opening the trunk of a white sporty car next to me.
“Would you load these boxes for me?” I asked.
“Sure,” he said in a friendly way.
He put in one box in a way that didn’t leave room for the other box because of a couple large items I had bought at a garage sale before deciding to get groceries.
I reached over and turned the box sideways instead of longways and made space for him to fit in the second box.
He smiled and said, “You got the brains.”
I responded, “I got the brains, you got the brawn. God sure knew what he was doing when he made man and woman.” He smiled in agreement, and said he would take the cart back for me.
“Take it easy,” he said, “drive home safely.”
“You know me well enough now to know that I’ll ask for help if I need it.”
So saying I drove away as he took my cart.
Race did not cross my mind until I drove away from there; then all of a sudden I thought, “Oh dear. How would BLM look at that incident. Me saying, ‘I’ve got the brains; you’ve got the brawn.’ ” You see as I tell this story now, I fear I might offend somebody.
Are we in a time when it is offensive not to think “race?” Must I see this young man as different from my 23-year-old hunk of a grandson standing by his white sporty car?
Or, forget all that! I’m just a sexist because I really am glad I see the difference in men and women! 😀