Lisa: It was not that busy of an evening at work. I was working on one of the slower lanes and while the customers were arriving in a steady stream, there was no backup like when I am on Lanes 1 -5 (note: Lanes 1-4 are the quick, small number item lanes and #5 is the full lane right next to it — usually one of the busiest of them all!). In the event, about a few hours earlier, my baby (i.e., Shelby) stopped by to say hello. When I don’t see her approach she usually comes right behind me and puts her arms around me. It tends to give me a short scare but when I see who it is, my heart just bursts with joy. [Jump ahead a few hours, very close to my lane closing and me heading home for the balance of the evening.]
As the last few customers are being checked out in my lane, I notice a Native American young man as my last customer. As he placed his snacks, some soft drinks and a package of Huggies on the belt, I was being my typical self and just started talking with him. He shared that he had two young kids at home (about ages 2 and 5) and was about 25 or 26 years old. I shared that I had several kids of my own but they are all grown up. However I did remember those years of the young ones. We joked for a few minutes more, he paid his bill and I said “thanks for shopping here at Wal-Mart and have a great night”. At that point, I started the clean-up process of my register..
A few minutes later, this young man came back and suprised me with his arms around my waist me to give me a hug, I was a little startled, but I thought it was the embrace of my daughter coming back to see me. Turning quickly and remembering those immortal words of Mohammed Ali, “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” However before I could reel back, he looked me right in the eye, had a big grin on his face and said “I just love you.” Between the look and the delivery, I just lost it. Smiling back, I shared that he just meet me, had a baby at home along with his wife, and that he should start moving before they throw him out the door . He than asked if he could call me sometime. “Thanks but it is time for you to go. Also I don’t think my boyfriend would not like it much.” Like a wounded puppy, he tucked his tail between his legs and heading out the door. Amusing. Sad. A compliment. Regardless, just another day in the life of this Wal-Mart cashier. I am glad that I can touch others heart.