I find myself thinking a lot about what this lady infront of me at a checkout said to me a couple weeks ago… It might have been true, but it broke my heart. It caught me completely off guard. And I completely regret not doing something about it.
I was checking out and kind of in a hurry, and I was in an extra cheerful mood that day. The line to check out was kind of long, though the line was moving quick. I had been staring off at some ice cream as the line was moving up. It became time for the lady ahead of me to load her shopping cart items on the conveyor belt.
She all of a sudden turned around and went straight for the small ice cream snacks I had been eyeing. As she grabbed several, I cheerfully stated “Those do look really good, i thought about grabbing one as well.” I noticed this woman looked to be pretty exhausted and it was not even 11 o’clock in the morning, I smiled as she looked up and made eye contact with me. I wasn’t expecting what came from her mouth. She said, ” yeah but the difference between you and me is you can afford them and I can’t. But still doesn’t stop me from getting them.” She smiled as she said it with an uncomfortable giggle.
I stood there for a second analyzing what just happend. I was just trying to make small talk and hoping just to make her smile. I had no idea how to react much less what to say back to her. Before I new it, the moment I had tried to at least make her smile had quickly passed and she checked out and was gone.
I should have asked to pay for her grocerys or something. She may have been going through some hard times and all I could do, well did, was stand there completely blank. I regret it…it’s never a bad thing to go out of your way to help someone out. Though I wonder what exactly made her think that. Things aren’t always as they seem, how does she not I was struggling or if I wasn’t. I may not be rich but I may not be poor, though I’m doing alright and could have helped her out.
My point is it’s not about the money it’s about just trying to brighten up someone’s day, to do good for someone other then yourself. I just want to see people happy, since we in some weird unfortunate times, whether or not it’s something big or something small. My intentions were good, next time I’ll be a bit more prepared for a response for that.