Tonight at Target, I was served by one of the most gracious people I’ve met in a long time.
Usually, where we live (and maybe where you live too) going to any store is just “business as usual;” it’s my job to find whatever it is I need …and it’s the job of the workers to play an elaborate game of hide and seek…I seek them and hardly ever find anyone willing to help or knowledgeable enough to answer the most mundane of questions like “Do you sell ramen?” or “Where is the yeast?”
However tonight was different:
1. I was helped by a very tall, hard-of hearing, slightly disenchanted hipster who quickly showed me where the marshmallows were stationed (we’re building a fort in the girls’ room this weekend and camping out)
2. I met a very elegant woman at the cash register.
I can’t remember what she was wearing exactly, jeans? Oh yes, a chunky gray knit infinity scarf, some sort of shirt. She was very dark-skinned and had dark tattoos down her arms and maybe one on her neck?…I don’t remember.
But what I do remember is how she was sweet and friendly from the get-go. That she easily let me check the prices of probably….5 items while I handed her 10 or so random items that we had decided we didn’t want or toys we’d picked up to keep the girls entertained during our outing.
(Usually by this time cashiers are showing their annoyance by inhaling and exhaling expressively; or monotonically chanting: “You don’t want this either” after each item).
But not this cashier, she just giggled at our strange assortment of baby-mesmerizing items (dog toys?)
And then out came my coupon binder.
By this time, *I* was a little frazzled because (1) I was on my womanly (2) our newspaper had royally messed up our delivery service and had lied in order to get our subscription so I didn’t have many coupons, PLUS my Wonderful Husband wants a every shopping trip to be like a mini Atlantic City trip (he’s witnessed the magic of coupons, so he’s now a fan) so he’s incessantly prodding me to make some coupon magic happen while my Little Two has just decided that she’s just going to scream for the rest of the trip.
While this epic pandemonium is ensuing, the lovely lovely cashier woman patiently waited while I sped through my coupons, making pleasant small talk and comforting me with mommy-positive encouragements like: “I’ve totally been there” and “Don’t worry, take your time.” She also FOUND RANDOM UNUSED COUPONS AND ADDED THEM TO MY ORDER. She then proceeded to help me use the Target Cartwheel App. And then asks if I have a Target Redcard because it’s saves money (I already have the debit card because it saves me 5% off each time I shop).
She was so nice!!!! And athough I left with a screaming baby, I was able to leave with a smile. I just felt so…well, like a member of an invisible mom community.
A little background on me: when I go out, I like to dress very nicely, makeup done, fit and flare wool coat on, the (animal friendly faux) fur at my collar and wrists freshly fluffed, English plaid scarf, diamonds a-blazing.
Hey, I’m a work-from-home mom, it’s a real treat to venture out among adults! Plus, I enjoy looking my best when I go out, it makes me…my happy place…if that makes any sense at all; plus when I dress well, I feel like I’m representing not just myself, but my family, my hometown, my homestate, and my ancestors, so I want to look my best.
The cashier could have assumed that since I was dressed to the nines that I was snobby, or she could have been rude since I was taking a bit long, or she could have been apathetic because…who isn’t these days. Instead, she looked at me and she just saw another mom and that made my night.
It’s small things like that, that are actually really big things; small positive interactions can change someone’s attitude, outlook, or life, for the better.
I also found a BEAUTIFUL Shabby Chic comforter set on C-L-E-A-R-A-N-C-E for $24!!!!!
And I will be doing a COMFORTER to TODDLER BEDROOM SET tutorial in the near future 😉
Huggs and xo,
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