Me: “Hi, Jennifer, how’s your day going?
Me: “Cold stretch of weather, huh?”
Her: “That’ll be $14.39.”
Me: “Ok, enjoy your day!”
Every time, seriously. I buy stuff which allows her to be employed, and this is my reward?
Looking for more than a one word response, I jumped into her line Friday night (glutton for punishment, I know) and asked, “What does Christmas look like for you this year?”
Silence. A deep breath. And, then…
She told of her husband’s tragic death in April, and how challenging this Christmas will be for her and their four children. Oh, my. We spent 10 minutes (it’s a small town, not many customers) chatting about life, death, her family.
When leaving, she implored, “Don’t wait to enjoy life, to follow your dreams…we’re not promised tomorrow.”
I don’t always have the whole story. It’s easy to make assumptions, pass judgment, and even write people off. It’s not always easy to be full of grace. May you and I lead in loving without condition this holiday season…and, forevermore. (140 words)
Interestingly: 2000 years ago, a young, teenage girl became pregnant, and the rumors flew. Her fiance was confused and scared, but, stuck by her side. I might have easily dismissed her, as well, back in the day. I’m just glad I get to be on this side of that story.