It was just one of those days…..when everything that could go wrong, did. Over the years I have learned to accept such a day for what it is. Chill out, and go with the flow.
In a hurry, trying to get all my errands done, I picked the grocery checkout lane where the shopper in line had the least amount of groceries. Big mistake. The little old lady ahead of me waited until all her groceries were rung up before looking through her purse to locate her wallet. Opening her wallet wide, she plucked out one bill at a time, eyed it up closely, then set it on the counter. Finished, she promptly took back one of the bills saying, “I have the change.” Dropping her wallet back into her purse, she rummaged around again until she found her little leather coin pouch that had seen better days. One by one she extracted each coin, deliberately counting as she lined them up on the counter.
Meantime, in the next aisle , the overflowing shopping cart had been unloaded, checked out, paid for, and the customer was on their way out the door. Taking a deep breath, I smiled, because the lady ahead of me could have been my mother. And someday, I will be that little old lady living life slowly, and carefully. And I hope anyone that has to take the slow lane because of me will pause, have compassion, and give the gift of patience and understanding.