A story of kindness

This is a short tale of my day grocery shopping an hour ago and a bit about kindness.

I had my cart filled and I look for the shortest line, because who doesn’t when they see
Each aisle with a light on five people deep waiting?
I find a light where there are only two guys buying beer and limes(atta boy for that one boys) so I unload my reusable bags and load up the conveyor.
The young guy at checkout barely makes eye contact and asks if I found everything to which I replied, and then some, as I always do.
He starts packing my goods in the plastic and I remind him that to only use the plastic for the meats if he could, thinking he forgot my cotton ones that he had placed behind him.
He starts scanning again, one item at a time looking at each item as if it was a new and exciting item. Then turns around to put in my cloth bags. This went on for quite awhile and I turn around and the young girls behind me rolled their eyes and started tapping on the edge of the conveyor. The boy kept moving deliberately one item carefully placed and I told him he could just throw them in, it would be fine and he smiles and calmly tells me if I want it all to fit, the corn would need to be upright. Okay I said with a smile realizing at this point, being a holiday the store would have on those who wanted to work, no regulars were to be seen. He seemed a bit mentally challenged which is great, I applaud a store that hires and gives a chance to people of all makes and models. I was in no hurry and shot the girls behind me a dazzling smile and told them that he was he best bagger ever seen and they would not have to worry about him fumbling their purchases, and that there should be more at this store like him. At this point the young man started to blush and making eye contact told me that he was proud of the work he did and that it was nice for someone to finally acknowledge it and he thanked me. Kindness does go a long way to making someone’s day a bit brighter. I am sure on this holiday he would rather be at a parade or with his family having fun. Have patience, not everyone moves at the same speed as others and give compliments freely, it may just make someone’s day.

27 thoughts on “A story of kindness

  1. Thank you story fairy, read some of your words earlier, yes I love stores that support the disabled. I do a lot of shopping at goodwill and savers, places that give back to the community;) it is great how you created stories, my mom does the same thing, children’s stories for my niece and myself as a child. She used to type them out for me, wish I still had them. It would be nice to look back and remember her words back then;)

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  2. Nice story.
    I agree that kindness does a lot to brighten a day, and that it was wonderful to see that the store hired a mentally challenged person.
    I, myself, am disabled, and I try my best to brighten people’s days with kindness. I could definitely relate to this story.

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  3. This is so sweet. You made this young man’s day. I find sometimes, that we really need to sit back, be patient, and let things go. You are right not everyone is the same and not everyone gets things the same, works the same. We need to just relax and show some respect. All in all, we are all on this planet together essentially doing the same thing -living. And. We will not be here forever. Can’t we just be nice while we are together?

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  4. Oklahoma, Texas….it’s all meat…lovie is the BBQ king…wow, still laughing bout the jeans though…just me….didn’t you wear them out as a kid? They still fit? You must be a teen sized man, LOL, just kidding, I don’t joke about jeans…if it has a button, I’m good…have u seen the latest style? Looks like I dragged a person with a Chevy for 20 miles and only wore out certain portions…it ain’t right…..haha…lovie works at Chevy…hence the reference….have a beautiful weekend my dearest friend. With utmost respect and no reference to styles of Levi’s , Kim

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  5. Enjoy Kimberly!!!! Lol Btw, I’m in Oklahoma and I raise beef cattle so we always have some. Sorry, I wasn’t trying to make an image in your mind about the button jeans. It just means I’m still wearing the same ones I wore as a kid. Lol. Have fun!! Gnight.πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽˆπŸ¦πŸ˜€

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  6. Laughing,and chuckling about Levi jeans….bad girl….sorry…you always make me smile my friend, gotta talk my hubs into the button thing.lol….oh my, I am truly blessed,to have the stability of,friends to keep me going when I have little faith in myself and I do thank you my friend. Damn…if I get to Texas, better save me some of those beans….I like beans, and corn, and steak too oh my, I think I’m drooling…gotta stop….
    Night Levi, I’d send blooms but I don’t have the app.for,that yet…but I am listening to,the grateful dead listening to the fireworks in the distance…gotta count for something….

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  7. Lol. Run me away. Wow. Oh ye of little faith. You are a dear even though we may not agree on some things. I do believe in kindness and I know you do. You’re a sweetheart and I consider you a friend as well. Btw, I wear 501 button-up jeans every day. Lol. Have a wonderful night and sleep well Sparky. Lol. πŸ’πŸŒΊ

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  8. Levi,you are an influence on the world,and we could have a talk someday on religion of which you could talk me an earful, but I think the most I important thing is simple human kindness, I feel bad some days for having my own views, built on the fabric of my history, I like to believe there is a greater good in this world and we may not call him by the same name, although in retrospect it is, I am blessed with people like you in my life who,accept me with shortcomings and all, still sending me cheer and pretty blossoms…we all need ones like,you, my fine friend in our lives to keep us believing, keep us on track and sane. Enough…I’ve said enough to turn you away or endear you to me…know,I hold you as a dear friend in this blogosphere…peace and love my dear Levi …also my fave jeans by the way….

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  9. Thank Fawn, I felt so bad bur decided to make the most of a situation which was worse for him than me, he was so sweet and dedicated …thank you, life teaches us to,sometimes stop in the hurry and think…today did….and for,that I am most grateful;)

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  10. You are making me cry….thank you, I just thought it a nice way to make someone’s day a bit brighter. Thank you for your kind words. Bless you:) peace, Kim

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  11. It amazes me how seldom people compliment those who serve us daily…and you are right, a small compliment can completely change the direction of the day! – Fawn

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  12. Actually this kind act of yours made day brighter for 3 people. First That grocery boy, second your’s and thirdly mine. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Keep spreading love, kindness & compassion wherever possible & It is always possible. πŸ™‚

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  13. Thanks Line, I figured his aisle was empty because people were familiar with him, I don’t shop on Friday generally but I think I made his day a bit brighter;)

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