12/8/09

Random Tuesday Thoughts


Yesterday I was running errands, the usual, post office, bank, grocery store. The bank was first on the list and I couldn't just go to the drive-thru window, I had to go inside. I hate going inside the bank, I avoid it if at all possible. I have this fear that the bank is going to be robbed when I'm in there! Freakish? I know, but still. Well, all's well, no robberies yesterday at my branch. Everyone was very pleasant and the candy canes were abundantly displayed!
The next stop on my list was the post office....at christmas time. Indeed, the vision in your mind right now was the reality! I had to push my way in through the double doors to get in line. It looked like a Conga line winding through the whole place, except there was no music! I waited inside the post office for an hour to mail my package. But in that entire time there was not one ugly word, no hands thrown in the air in frustration, no one stomping out in disgust. People left the line and came back, the elderly folks were invited to set their packages down to ease their burden. People were sharing pens, stamps, and packing tape! It was such a nice experience.
On to my third and final destination with a very light feeling in my heart. It was getting a bit later in the afternoon and the grocery store was a little crowded. I picked up a handful of items and got in line behind several people. The gentleman in front of me was hanging back in line and was talking on the phone. He had a bunch of flowers in his hand and a few items on the counter. He decided to buy a couple of the poinsettias on display and he and I discussed the choice for a moment. As he put the plants on the counter I realized one was broken and changed it out for him. As he checked out he handed me the latest promotional coupon that the clerk had given to him (you know, buy 20 and get free milk) with a thanks for helping out.
I came home with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step. Why can't we treat one another this way all the time?

12 comments:

SmartShopIt said...

Reminds me of the commercial where one person helps someone, who then helps someone, who then helps someone. Small acts of kindness and good cheer are definitely contagious.

Ann said...

Maybe just maybe people are beginning to understand the real meaning of the season and forgetting about the commercial part of it. Who knows could happen. Glad you had a great day.

Jude said...

Glad your day went smoothly. It certainly would be nice if everyone could help each other, certainly would make the world a nicer place to live in.

The Crazy Coxes said...

Ahhh......what a nice day! Too bad everyday isn't that wonderful. But at least December is good!

Happy Tuesday!

Grace said...

We can, and we do - most of the time. Glad you had a pleasant day

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I need to move to where you live...

blueviolet said...

I just wish that it was like this every day!!!

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

Where do you live, Bedford Falls? Wow, nothing's ever that nice here in Denver land. Maybe for a week right before Christmas. What a pleasant day.

P.S. -- I love that post office illustration. I have a thing for old marketing artwork.

Lin said...

Everyone is frazzled it seems, so it pays to be a little extra nice. Maybe we'll have a little fun mixed in with the craziness, right?! Good for you. :)

BeadedTail said...

Glad you had a good day and I hope the good feelings of the season continue. It sure makes life more pleasant for everyone! I haven't ventured out much so I'm hoping my town is feeling all warm and fuzzy too!

Roschelle said...

It almost feels "extra"ordinary when someone's does something nice or kind for you. I don't know why we can't always be that way to one another. But it sure would make like a lot easier :)

Jen said...

Nice when things flow smoothly, isn't it? I had to go to the post office yesterday also; the line was out the door (ugh). I'm afraid the woman in front of me wasn't so nice, but our post office did have music :o)