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.