It’s so pretty outside. It’s the last few days in October, and we have crystal clear blue skies, colorful trees—but lots of their leaves litter our lawn. The temp is somewhere in the mid-60’s, which in my mind is just perfect. No wind, bright sun.
If you suffer from SAD, please go talk a walk today before evening sets in. You’ll feel better 🙂
I had a haircut appointment this morning, and then stopped at the Walmart for some groceries. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you may remember a post in which I described a sweet little girl who had a smile for everyone, and what fun it was to watch grumpy old adults respond to her sunshine. I decided to make it a point to smile at everyone whose path crossed mine. Can’t hurt, and maybe someone else will catch the bug.
Here’s the link to that post: friendly child
So there I was again, in my handy little electronic cart because, even though my back is feeling much better, it gets tired quickly with bending and lifting. I was motoring along minding my own business when I heard, “There she is! That’s the one I was telling you about!”
Well, of course I looked all around, curious as to who was creating such a to-do. And I saw two older folks–even older than I–grinning at me like a couple of Cheshire cats.
What could I do? I grinned back. I said, “Hi, how are you today?”
We had a short conversation. Seems the woman had told her husband about this person who always smiles at her whenever they happen to see each other at the Walmart. She was amazed that a complete stranger would do something so, well, strange. We ended up laughing as I told them about the little girl who got me started in this journey, and we all turned away smiling.
And then, out of no where, I thought of my mom. I used to dread going to the grocery store with her because the minute she walked in, about fifteen people, including customers and employees, would pop out of the walls and call out to her. “Hey, Ms. Fullmer! Is that your daughter from Pennsylvania? How y’all doing today?” And then they would launch into what was obviously an ongoing conversation about various relatives and their doings, which my mother knew all about. Cashiers would actually motion her over to their lane, wanting to get to chat with her.
This is my mom when she was 69, a year younger than I am.now .She was all dressed up for my oldest son’s wedding.
She’s been in heaven for five years now, and I’m sure she’s spent time getting to know everyone there, catching up with her friends and loved ones and generally being sociable. She told me once that when she and dad were just starting out in the ministry, she was very shy. Dad was tall, a big man, and she would do her best to hide behind him when they entered a room full of people.
She sure did change over the years. Dad used to shake his head when she told him she was headed off to grocery shop, and would be back in about an hour. He said to me once, “She’ll be gone for up to three hours, and come home all in a rush to get supper started. She never accounts for her visiting hours.”
They were a good match, my mom and dad. He mellowed as he grew older, and so did she—as most of us do—but her social butterfly phase didn’t mellow. It blossomed.
She and that little girl in my Walmart would have taken to each other, I think.