Sunday, 29 May 2011

In the Store

Meeting and greeting people in the shoe store is often done with mixed feelings.  You never know who you are going to get - a wonderful, average or difficult customer.  I have learned to shift into neutral gear and deal with whoever it may be.

One day I served an elderly lady, who after trying on a couple of pairs of shoes, decided that she only wanted shoelaces after all.  It was clear to me that perhaps she couldn't afford the shoes I had offered her, on an aged pension (a common occurence).  So I began unlacing her old shoes and re-lacing them with the new laces.  When I picked up the shoe, a jigsaw puzzle piece fell out and I held it up to her - "were you looking for this?"

She was instantly delighted with me for finding it and gave me a friendly shove.  She had looked everywhere for it!  She asked me my name and I told her.  She laughed and said her name was Pat! She left the store as happy as can be, with me also smiling!

It's these little connections made with people that make the job so worthwhile...


  1. It is a gift to be able to connect with people all day, never knowing who will be brought your way. And to touch each person's heart in some way with kindness. What fun that day! xoO

  2. I agree's like we're doing one job on the level that we all can see but we're also doing another more important job, on another...the job of connecting, and reaching out and sharing. What could be more important than that! It's often those connections that make all the difference to someone's day...even someone's life.

    You're really an angel in disguise, selling shoes! I love this story about finding the puzzle piece in the lady's shoe. I'm sure you made her day.

  3. these little connections arw what make Life worthwhile ! Some of us need to be reminded to slow down and take the time to appreciate them more. You, Wise One, have already figured that one out !
    Light and love to you, Beautiful Heart.

  4. A delightful story to share. Encounters like this must just make your day!


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