Like a butterfly.

I have big, fabulous, very happy news.

Remember the bagger at my local grocery? This was a young man who found bagging very challenging, and who wouldn’t make eye contact. Like an abused animal, he seemed to be willing the floor to open up and swallow him whole.

Well, a few weeks ago, I saw someone in the parking lot, wrangling carts. He looked an awful lot like my sweet bagger, except … he was smiling. He had the most stunning, pearly teeth.

I had to do a double-take. It was, indeed, my bagger. And he was clearly enjoying cart duty. It made my heart so happy.

But then? Then! Yesterday, I was at the grocery – because I end up going like 27 times a week because my husband expects to eat every day – and I saw my bagger again. On my way into the store, he was helping a woman load groceries into her car. She was talking a mile a minute. And my bagger? Probably couldn’t get a word in edgewise. But he was smiling.

Well, that was enough to make me float through the store. Which takes a lot, because grocery shoppers are generally idiots who can’t manage basic cart etiquette. But I digress.

But then? Then! When I headed back out to the parking lot with my cart o’ sustenance, there was my bagger again. It was the end of his shift, and he had a bottle of pop. As he got into his dad’s car, he let out a triumphant “Whoop!”

I like to think he was celebrating a job well-done.

I’m so proud.

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  • Reply Sister Three June 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you for noticing the person who bags your groceries and sharing in his triumph today.

  • Reply smalltownme June 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Happy story!

  • Reply Becky June 19, 2014 at 11:56 am


  • Reply Green Girl in Wisconsin June 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    WHOOP! Fist-pumping for Bagger Dude here in Wisconsin. Sounds like he's got his groove!

  • Reply Banjo Unfabulousness June 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    The way you described his "whoop" made me think of Brick….. from that show The Middle?

  • Reply Molly June 30, 2014 at 12:01 am


  • Reply Molly June 30, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Also I'm mildly obsessed with one of the women who bags at my grocery store. She is the sweetest, brightest soul and I'm always in a better mood after I talk to her. She and her best friend/roommate were shopping for a celebratory dinner (to celebrate their friendship) and I was like "yes! You are doing life RIGHT"

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