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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Paying It Forward




Mr. Eva usually does the grocery shopping in this household, but I remember a really creepy experience I had when I was doing the shopping one day.  As I was trying to decide which cucumbers would be the best selections, I had the uneasy feeling I was being watched.   I turned around and there was a lady who looked to be in her late eighties staring at me with the strangest look.

I threw a couple of cucumbers in my basket and quickly moved on, thinking she was probably waiting to get at the cukes herself.   As I continued my shopping, I couldn't lose the feeling that I was being stalked, or at least followed.  When I stopped at the meat counter to look over the various cuts of beef, the same old lady pulled her wagon up next to me and spoke.

"I'm sorry, I don't mean to stare, but you look almost exactly like my daughter.  She and I had a big argument one day three years ago, and she stormed out of the house, slammed the door, jumped into her car and drove away without even glancing back.  I reached the door in time to see her take the corner of the street on two wheels."

The lady continued, "She was furious with me.  I had made the mistake of telling her I thought she should leave her husband.  That good-for-nothing never worked a day of their marriage, drank himself into a stupor daily, and she'd been supporting him for the last 10 years, working two jobs to make ends meet."

She was quiet for a moment, as though trying to remember.  "That night on the six o'clock news I heard that a car the same color and make as hers had been in a head-on collision.  Moments later, a police officer came to my door and informed me that she had died instantly in that car crash."

At this point her eyes had teared up and her voice took on a slight tremble.  "You see, I never got to say goodbye to her.  You may think it strange, but it would ease my heart if you would just say, "Goodbye, Mom," and let me go to my grave feeling like we parted on better terms."

I know you will probably think it was insensitive of me, but the lady creeped me out, and I quickly pushed my basket away and hurried through the last couple aisles in the market.

When I reached the checkout, I was still a bit shaken by the whole experience, and I realized she was in front of the person ahead of me in line.  She gave me such a mournful look, I thought to myself, "What can it hurt me to do as this elderly lady asked?  Maybe someday that will be me wishing for a kind deed from a stranger."  

So, as she was unloading her basket, I forced myself to smile and say, "Goodbye, Mom."  She gave me a grateful smile in return and nodded slightly.  Not wanting to get any further involved I turned my attention to the gossip rags in the rack by the checkout.  When my turn came a couple of minutes later, I unloaded my basket of cucumbers, a chicken, and a loaf of bread.  

The cashier rang up the total and said, "That will be $87.79 please."  Incredulous, I responded, "What???  I only had three items!"

"I know, " said the cashier, "but your mother said you were paying for her groceries, too."  

Not knowing what else to do, with a line of shoppers behind me, I quickly paid the total and hurried out to the parking lot with my basket.  The elderly lady had been using a cane, so I figured she couldn't have gotten very far!

I spotted her loading the groceries I'd paid for into her car, laughing as she spoke to a gentleman seated behind the wheel.  Do you know what I did next?  I ran across the parking lot to her and  I pulled her leg, just like I just did yours!

EVA

35 comments:

Kelley said...

Oh, stop it!! I was really involved in that story, Eva! How could you lead us on that way? Hahaha!!

tsonodablog said...

YOU, my naughty nor'easter friend, are a B.R.A.T.

You had me.

Bageezus

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: Gotcha!

Nicki said...

You suck! That was a good one though! =))

bichonpawz said...

You got me too!!! You really had me going!!! You are a riot!!

Queenie Jeannie said...

LOL! You totally got me!!



{{brat!}}

That Janie Girl said...

I SO fell for that.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

You had me hook, line and sinker, you stinker!!!

Brian Miller said...

that is so not nice...

smiles.

Deb said...

Thank goodness. I thought you were going all soft on us!

River said...

You sucked me in too.
I'm going to be so wary of little old ladies shopping now.

Jen said...

Hey! Not fair....I almost belieced you!!Wow, good Thursday morning to you!

glnroz said...

i kept waiting for the punch-line, but you "turned" me and yep, you got me,, you butt,, lolol

Everyday Goddess said...

Ha, naughty! :)

Laurie Kolp said...

LOL- You are so funny Eva! You really had me with that one.

David Allen Waters said...

OMG...As I read this I was thinking this isnt real, but then when you said she stuck you with paying the bill, I thought OMG this did happen...you got me :)

LOL

Kristina P. said...

Wow, you definitely got me!!!

Cheryl said...

Got me!

Melissa said...

You got me too! I thought maybe the lady had some elaborate scheme going!Thanks for visiting my blog recently!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

I'm going to kick your ass, lady. :)

ipenka said...

Haha, definitely got me.

"In other news, police claim to have a new lead in the recent string of grocery store assault cases"

rosaria said...

Oh You!

Pat said...

I would have fallen as hard as the rest of them except that I had this in my email about a week ago! You are too funny!

krouth said...

Holy cow - you got me! Thanks for the laugh!

Mandy_Fish said...

You are a total brat.

Eva Gallant said...

Deb: Who, me? Surely you jest!

Jen: You know life isn't fair!

Glnrz: Ha! I even got you! lol

ipenka: You aren't alone!

Mandy: No..........lol

Ms. Wanda said...

Wow! You know I was captivated reading this story, tooooo funny!

Al Penwasser said...

Ya got me!

Pearl said...

Eva, my father, the King of the Clean Joke, got me with this one years ago.

:-)

But you did a great job with it!

Pearl

Shelly said...

Oh, I laughed and laughed at this!

Jen said...

You are cracking me up over here!!!

The Frisky Virgin said...

I. Am. The. Biggest. Idiot. Ever.

Why?

Because I bought it, hook, line, and sinker.

You are so bad!!! BUT seriously funny!!! lol

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: Don't feel bad; you weren't alone!

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh my gosh! You seriously had me furious for a moment! I was like that rude old...you got me good!

Eva Gallant said...

BlondeDuck: That was the whole idea!