Sunday, April 19, 2009

Who knew?

Seriously, you'd think I don't ever talk to anyone except in the grocery store. My life--charmingly real or hopelessly loser-ish? You decide. No, I will. But I digress.

So yet another post that begins, so I'm talking to the cashier in the grocery store. She's one of my FAVORITES. She is always excited to see Hugo, though I'm pretty sure she doesn't remember his name because she always says, hi, guy! And that's totally cool with me because she is great. Anyway, she was all, he's gotten so big! And he's all, I'm TWO! I'm going to the BEACH! And she's all, this is my fifth year here and I never knew that part of my job would be watching kids grow up. And I'm all, yes, I remember you from when I was big and pregnant. She totally didn't, but she was polite. And I'm all, I was sort of a pain at the end there, I always asked for help out to the car with my groceries.

And then I see the guy that used to help me out to the car. You know, the ones that bring in the carts and help pregnant ladies with their bags? Wearing a reflecty neon vest for the whole shift because they spend so much time in the parking lot? And I'm all, ha ha me and that guy were buddies there for awhile. And she's all, oh him? Did you know he's a multi-millionaire?

So apparently this guy made a ton of money in manufacturing or some such, and then he retired, and then was widowed, so came to work taking groceries out. He even tried to quit for awhile and go be a man of leisure in the southwest with the golfing and whatnot but that didn't last long, and now he's back. He takes good care of us, she's all. We need him and he needs us.

I'm just so in love with this story. This is, like, a STORY, you know? Someone should write about it. Maybe I should have been a reporter, the end.

17 comments:

sarahbean said...

aww man, that's really cool. True sweetness.

Mary Alice said...

THat IS a story. I love that story. I would totally sit around sipping my coffee and feeling teary and smiley all that same time while reading that in the lifestyle section of the paper.

smalltownmom said...

Nice story.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You CAN write it. Call yourself a freelancer, get more information and post it at the Women's Colony. Or just make stuff up out of what you just learned. That's what writers do!

phd in yogurtry said...

A good story for that major network Friday news segment where they highlight a human interest story. On a more curious note, I'd like to know why this man hasn't been swooped up and married.

J and J Acres said...

Aww... that is a great story.

What's even more impressive is that I'm sure he gets treated like dirt every once in a while (b/c all customer service positions do) and I'm sure he just smiles and goes on.

Misty said...

that really is THE BEST STORY! I love it! I bet I tell it to people several times today, only not from my perspective- you know?

Magpie said...

great story.

lapoflux said...

There was this little older gentleman at our grocery store about 10-12 years ago... it was during a particularly bad time with my dad and it broke my heart to see him there on Sundays, bagging groceries. I of course decided he had no family and no money.

I like your story much much better. I'm going to use it for the man I remember. See how much good you did posting this (my husband will thank you!)

JCK said...

You've got a great story. Just waiting to be written!

stephanie (bad mom) said...

You just started writing this story...Now with all of your free time, please go interview the cart guy and report back. ;D

By the way, I had these very interactions with the people at QFC - same checkers from when I was pregnant till the kids were older, but then the store closed. Now we only have these "so big" discussions with the pediatrician, and not for long.

justhay said...

That is so lovely!

The trolley boy at hubbys grocery store is crazy. No truly, completely. He sings really loudly, or yells, or mutters. I'd rather carry my own groceries out...ya know, if I didn't have the boss doing it ;)

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