This morning, I did a bit of shopping on my way home from my early morning networking.
At the till, I waited behind another lady, while the woman serving us chatted to an old lady at the end of the checkout. I didn’t mind, I wasn’t in a hurry, and the chat wasn’t stopping the assistant serving us.
After the old lady left, the assistant explained that this was a regular occurrence. Every day, the 94 year-old looks in to see if her friend is on the checkout, and if she is, comes in to have a few minutes chat.
“I like dealing with people. I don’t have grandparents or parents any more, so I don’t mind, and I think it helps her feel a bit less lonely. “
Both I and the lady before me joined in. That means that at least 4 people have been ‘seen’ – acknowledged as human beings – in this exchange, that didn’t take any longer than the usual checkout.
“Actually, I think it makes her day.”
It did mine.
Frans Hals [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons