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Waiting in Line

A guest post from my sister:


I needed one last thing to finish my Christmas shopping. First, I must ask if anyone really “finishes” their Christmas shopping or do you always think you could do one more thing? I think I’m finished with some finality.


I strode into Walmart thinking about my cousin and her daughter struggling with covid. Spell check would like me to give that virus a capital letter. I just can’t give it that much emphasis. It is serious to say the least and I’m worried about them and wonder how I could possibly help.


I talked myself out of sugary eggnog today and searched a Keto recipe for ingredients. I laughed at myself for doing that since I’ve already had banana bread this morning, but a girl has to start somewhere.


My man-friend and I decided to get each other an air-fryer together this year so I was looking for a card to let Hallmark say the sweet things about him that I could never say so elegantly. I struggled with whether I should just take a picture and hand write the message to save myself $7.50, but I put it in my cart.

I walked right up to an open self checkout register pleasantly surprised. The gift card I was buying needed store approval. I’m standing there waiting, looking at 3 people behind me waiting...smiling...not cursing.


I shrug my shoulders and apologize profusely to them. None of them acted mad or out of sorts. The lady behind me said, “Don’t worry about it.” The employee showed up to finalize my gift card purchase and I quickly finished my transaction. I looked behind me, smiled, said, “Merry Christmas!”


Enjoy your time in line. Make eye contact. Smile. Don’t worry about it.

May the joy of Christmas be with you all!

My first entry.

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