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Day 11: Blessed

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Let me set the scene for you, it was a Friday afternoon and I just got off work. Silly me but I decided to go to the grocery store. Friday afternoons are always hectic at the store whether it is people buying beers for the night or parents with kids buying groceries for the weekend. Don’t know what I was thinking but not only did I decide to go but to also not listen to music as I do my shopping. I find listening to music while walking up and down the aisle helps with the errand and in dealing with people who do not know the etiquette of grocery shopping.

Half hour or so after entering the store I was done and begins to pick a good checkout lane. I pick a lane with only one person in front, lady doesn’t have too many items so I figure this will be quick. I was wrong! First of all, she was talking to the lady in front of her and didn’t see that it was her turn and cashier was ready for her items (which was still in her cart) so there she goes talking away. Finally, she see she is holding up the line and starts to take items for cashier. Being the nice person that I am I decided to help since she has others in the cart that was easier for me to reach. Then the lady proceeded to say ‘wow, I feel so special’ this bothered me and I was going to say a snappy remark commenting on her lack of attention. But I decided to just smile and keep quiet. And we reach a problem with her items, at the moment I didn’t know why but she has some items that didn’t match the coupons she had in her hands or wasn’t the right size. For whatever reason there is a problem and cashier was at a loss. By now I must have spent 10 minutes in this lane and is regretting the poor lane selection.

I had already put my items on the checkout lane and while the cashier gets the problem resolved the lady turns to me and informs me that I should probably go to another lane for this may take a while. I was not happy and wanted to tell her if I was going to move any items it would be hers because she didn’t know what she was doing and is holding up the entire store. This lady had broken so many etiquette rules and was seriously testing my patience but again I held my tongue and just smiled and said ‘no problem, my items are already out of my cart’ and she had the nerve to tell me that’s your choice. I was fighting every instinct to not say a word.

As I waited I had the chance to look at the coupons and the checks the lady was writing and turns out she is on government assisted food programs like food stamps and some other checks that I couldn’t see. After realizing this I was glad I didn’t say anything mean to her for it can not be easy going food shopping with food stamps. I felt very blessed for there are many life experiences I have yet to experience and so pray I never do. I don’t know what life is like for her in having to buy items that is only covered by the checks or having to be limited in what size of milk or juice. I have many things to be thankful for every day of my life and no matter how tough the times I am still better than the majority of the world’s population.

Life has not been easy and I have had my shares of rough times. It has been 10 years since a certain event that started the rough times and I have worked hard to get to this point in my life that I am so happy to be in. I can’t help but thank God for what He has given me whether it be opportunities or just comfort. No matter the situation I should remember there are people less fortunate and should try and do what I can to help. This, I am still learning to do.

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Written by Kelvin

April 4, 2010 at 9:44 AM

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