Friday, July 31, 2009

A Letter to a Grouch

To the old man behind me in the check out lane at the grocery store:

Thank you for crowding me in the grocery line yesterday. I just loved how every time I pushed my cart an inch and stepped forward you were right there. Breathing down my neck. I especially loved how I could here you huff and puff with every item I put on the belt. I didn't look, but I am sure you were rolling your eyes too. At this point I wasn't sure why you had such an attitude, but you made it clear before I left. I guess you were in a hurry? Well, I was too. I was ready for supper and so was my entire family.

My favorite part was the comment you made to the check out girl upon my leaving. I guess you thought I couldn't hear you, but I guess since you are old you talk louder than you think. No, there isn't an ice storm coming, for your information. Welcome to my world of feeding three growing boys. And for your information, with luck and a little creativity, I hopefully will be able to stretch this over flowing cart of food to 2 weeks. If I'm lucky. You should see the cart in the winter time when I don't have fresh vegetables to pick in the garden.

And you should be thankful I only had one with me. I probably would have scratched your eyes out if I had just shopped with all of them and had to put up with your huffing, puffing, eye rolling, snide comments. Maybe you have never had children to shop for and maybe you are a grouch because you never got to see little smiles everyday.

And if you were in such a hurry, why didn't you offer to help put the groceries on the belt? And if you were in such a hurry, why don't you try the express lane next time and leave the regular line for people like me?



Ken Row said...

Maybe we could pray that God would "bless" that individual with the kind of enlightenment that only comes from experience.

I used to think that anyone who bought more than 3 gallons of milk at a time must be shopping for a youth camp or a group foster home, but now... I buy a dozen gallons at a time if it's on sale.

Alison said...

One time I was behind a lady who realized she had no ID after they had rung up all of her stuff. She had a HUGE cart full. So I wrote a check for her and she wrote me a check for the amount. I know, it wasn't a very smart thing to do, but I had a moment of weakness. It took a while to complete the whole transaction, though and I thought the woman behind me was going to have a heart attack. She got really red and called the manager over trying to stop what we were doing. The cashier was even saying "Just change lines!" I'm surprised she didn't murder me on my way to the parking lot.

Sara said...

Blessings for sure! some people don't know what they are missing. And 3 gallons...that's nothing!

Alison...that was very brave of you but very kind. If more people in the world were like that, the world would be a better place!

Terra said...

I had something similar happen to me a few months ago, only the lady was rushing in to buy some cigarettes. She came flying up the line past me & said "Let me go first I only have these & I'm in an awful hurry. I have to get home and shower and blah, blah, blah." I stood there completely dumbfounded. Only the fact that Liv was standing there and I didn't want to embarass her or scar her for life kept my mouth firmly shut. Even after she paid, she never said "thank you" or anything. The cashier was visibly as shocked as I was. I'm a firm believer that people who do not shop with or for children have NO idea what we go through. I also think if you get out of the store with one cart to feed all of you for 2 weeks...well, that is pretty much a freakin' miracle if you ask me :) I do good to get out with one cart for the 3 of us every week! That ol' grouch should praise the Lord that he wasn't in line behind one of the Duggers! haha!


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