May 11, 2014 · 10:02 am
Mother’s Day, 2009. I’m sitting in an out-of-town IHOP. My only breakfast companions are my three-year-old and my very pregnant belly. An elderly couple leaving the restaurant stops at my table and wishes me a Happy Mother’s Day, and they were just the first ones. At least five random strangers took a couple seconds out of their day to give me a smile and some kind words.
None of them had any idea of the very rough times I was going through, but even without knowing they helped me through it. So thank you and Happy Mother’s Day to all the strangers out there.
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March 17, 2014 · 1:43 pm
A couple weeks ago I went through the Taco Bell drive thru. I pulled forward to the window (as instructed). The guy opened said window, gave me my total, and then said, “Oh, hey! How are you?”
Um. I guess this is the part where my lying/customer service skills come in, because with very little hesitation I replied, “Oh, I’m great! How about you?”
He tried to make further small talk, but fortunately the food was ready because I do not for the life of me know who this guy was. I’d love to think that he recognized me because, as my daughter puts it, I’m a ‘famous writer’, but I have a suspicion it wasn’t.
Fast forward a couple weeks to today, when I went through McDonald’s for a soda. Quoting the Taco Bell guy, I said, “Oh, hey! How are you?” to the girl at the window.
Here’s where there’s a twist. She told me that I looked familiar but she couldn’t quite place me, and could I tell her how we know each other?
Why couldn’t I have said that at Taco Bell? I could have solved the mystery right then and there! I am still wondering how that guy knows me, or if maybe he was mistaking me for someone else, but since I’m spineless I never will. Oh, sure I could go back through that same Taco Bell a few times and hope to see him again, but again since I’m spineless (and because it seems creepy) that will probably never happen.
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