A while back, when I put out a desperate call for good-deed ideas, a wise commenter (thanks, TBCS!) suggested letting someone else go ahead of me in line at the grocery store.
For those of you who do that on a regular basis, you might be shocked to hear that such a gesture would never have occurred to me.
I’m usually waiting in line aimlessly daydreaming, not even thinking about who’s standing behind me.
But thanks to that suggestion, I did glance behind me today. And noticed that while I had a cartload of groceries, the lady behind me was holding a cake box from the bakery section and two candles in the shape of a number 1 and 2. That’s it.
My acute spidey senses told me it was someone’s birthday … brilliant, huh? … either a 21-year-old or a 12-year-old.
So I smiled at the lady and said, “Oh, is that all you have? Why don’t you go ahead?”
In an effort of full disclosure, the husband sheepishly held up a frozen cheesecake. But I waved them both ahead and they were most appreciative. Looked as though they were in a hurry too. And, as you know, you can’t get the party started before the cake arrives!
They did squeeze in front of me but, unfortunately, I’d already jammed the conveyor belt with my stuff so there was nowhere to put the cakes.
I awkwardly reached over and dragged my tuna and broccoli and other odds and ends back to make room, they made their purchase and all was right with the world.
So once again, I put out a plea for good-deed ideas. I’m desperate here, my friends, so please share … there’s cake!!
P.S. I’m not American, but this rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” tonight was something else. Enjoy!