I don’t enjoy shopping.
Probably less than those who are working in the stores. On a Saturday. On a beautiful day.
I go through the store as quickly as I can. All I need are a few items. My shopping philosophy: go, get, leave.
I went. I got. I walked up to the cashier.
No one else in line.
She was young. She was smiling. She asked me how my day is and how I am.
I respond and lay my items on the counter.
Then it happened.
I wasn’t sure I heard it.
No..yes…yes. I hear it.
I look up from punching buttons on the machine thing at the check out.
And her beautifully happy face is still smiling. Of course I am smiling at a face that is smiling at me.
I said “is that you?”
She smiled and said “yes, someone started singing ‘lollipop’ and I can’t get it out of my head”.
I continued smiling as she continued humming.
I said “lollipop lollipop?”
She said yes. And kept humming.
And of course I can’t resist. And I’ll be singing it all night. And be grateful for the people who carry tunes in their hearts. In their heads. But let them hummmm their way out to the gratitude of others.
Shopping philosophy remix: go, get, leave with a hum and a song.
There is something promising about humanity when working people hum and get their job done.