It’s Monday, the grocery stores are filled to the brim with Turkey Shoppers, foodies, and the lost.
It’s always amusing to me to see the easily agitated in the grocery store. They are generally herding a small flock..the ultimate picture of a failing multi-tasker. Try as they might the little Crunchers elude, and antagonize, and successfully get on that parent’s last nerve.
I came across such a lovely woman earlier today. The funny part of this was she was completely oblivious to the fact that she was in a crowded grocery store, and got mad at me that I was trying to move past her as she yelling instructions to her teenager in the next aisle. It didn’t occur to her that she was blocking the whole seafood aisle, and no one could pass through to poultry, or that there were 7 or 8 of us stacked up waiting to get by. I said “excuse me” 4 times as I eased closer trying to get her attention. The two little ones with her were spinning the steering wheels on the Shopping cart car in a mad attempt to race away. You would not believe how difficult it is to describe to a teenager 20 feet away the type of red pepper you need them to find, how to bag it, and how to find the product code so they can use the conveniently provided label maker in the aisle.
As she berated me for being in a hurry, the crowd behind me that hurried to file past in my wake, gave me nice applause.
Poor woman…I wonder what it must be like to have so much to deal with that you get so distracted to the glaring obstacle that you become in public? Still….she was obviously stressed, and could have been treated a little better.
In hind sight, I wish I had just tapped her on the shoulder, and asked if I could get by.
This is the season for kindness. Yes, people get stressed and weird, but I could not say that I could do better than she with her load of love-able distractions. I could have been more sensitive.
I’m grateful for lessons. I’m thankful for Moms who are attentive and instructive to their children. I really hope that mom has a good evening and a wonderful Thanksgiving.
So I hope that if I’m in a similar situation, I can show a little more grace….as much as I liked the applause.