Have I got a cute story to verify this one
so sit back and let the smile in your heart shine.
Every Wednesday I leave my door at 6 a.m.
and travel 2 hours to my first store that I service.
Without getting into a whole lot of boring details,
I basically put up and display books and magazines
which requires a bit of muscle but nothing I can’t handle.
Today was really no different from any other day,
and once I arrived I did my thing
and quickly got to the matters at hand.
So there I am singing along to the music playing over the loud-speaker
lugging and lifting things were they needed to go
and basically getting my work groove on.
(Yes I actually do sing out loud and proud to say no complaints)
Not yet anyway.
Now at this point in time,
I become completely unaware of my surroundings
other than where things need to go and so forth.
People will stand and browse at books
so I basically just maneuver around them
getting my work done
making no direct contact.
I don’t bug them and they don’t bug me kinda deal.
Today was a little different though.
I did notice an elderly woman standing over to the side
I just thought she too was checking things out
until I had bent down to pick something up
and there she was standing right beside me.
Her purse hanging from one arm
with a striking resemblance to Sophia
from the Golden girls.
I stood up and asked if she needed help with anything
and with the cutest little smile
and shaky voice
what happened next
completely changed my whole day.
“No dear, I am fine but I’ve been watching you work
and you work very hard. Can I give you a hug?”
I will admit for a split second
I thought she might not have been all there in the mind
or got loose from the crazy floor at the hospital
but there was something very normal
and inviting about her voice and smile
so I lifted my arms and said “Absolutely!”
To be very clear,
it wasn’t one of those 2 second hugs
with a mild little hand tap on the back.
She really squeezed me hard
and with meaning.
After our little embrace she said to me,
“I love giving hugs because I always get them back.
It’s the best feeling in the world at my age.”
You’re probably thinking she got her hug and went on her way.
She mentioned to me that she was 91 years old
and her name was Alma.
That hugging is something people should do more
and laughter is the necessity to living a long and happy life.
She was amazed at my strength
lifting the boxes that I had to lift
and told me in her younger days
she wasn’t that strong but she did have 9 children.
I immediately raised my arms up over my head
bent and bowed in her direction and said,
“Alma, having 9 children makes you the Queen of strong.
I am not worthy!”
That actually made her laugh out loud
and I think she even blushed a little.
Before she left me,
she thanked me for the hug and making her laugh
to which I told her,
“No Alma, thank you for making my whole day. Bless your heart.”
Okay so you’re thinking the story ends now.
With the biggest grin on my face
and feeling like this woman was a blessing sent from God,
this day was even brighter than I could have possibly imagined
but just when I thought the moment had passed
I overheard her as she was heading out of the store
say to the cashier,
“That young lady over there works very hard and is such a sweetheart”
and the woman working behind the cash piped up and said,
“Yes she does and that she is!”
Moments like those don’t happen all that often
but a sweet woman quickly reminded me,
it doesn’t really take that much effort
to bring happiness to someone’s day
and at 91 years young,
if she’s still doing it,
the rest of us have absolutely no excuses!
Thank You Alma
Until we meet again