You may or may not recall a few weeks ago when I told you about Don. Well, he was my sacker again this week. And this time I was determined to NOT get irritated with him. He cannot help it if his brain gets stuck in a loop on one subject matter. It's just not his fault. And I love the way he sacks my groceries - so I still go to his line. He had a helper today - it was the other dude - the one that puts each item in its own bag. It annoys me - but he is also "special" - so I tolerate it - and the eleventy nine hundred bags I end up with. Anyway - the non-Don asked if I wanted help out and I decided I did - because it was cold and the buggy was pretty heavy. Well non-Don was NOT happy. He tried to kill me with his eyes. But then Don piped in and said, "I can do it - I'll help you out - I have on a sweater" - so off we went. Me & Don.
As soon as we hit the door, I turned to Don and asked, "Are you sure you'll be okay without your coat, Don? It's pretty cold out.."
No - no - I'll be fine - I've had an awful lot of coffee today. I like coffee - I tend to drink too much of it on most days and sometimes that is all I have because I get so busy drinking the coffee I just forget to do anything else - so I'm pretty warm from all that coffee and all and it's mainly because I really like coffee - and I don't realize how much I've had and.......
OH HELL NO DON! We are NOT having a repeat of last time I was here when you totally pissed me off because your brain got stuck in a loop and then I felt shitty guilty for a week for having mean thoughts about you. OH HELL NO!
So - I turned to Don and interrupted, "Do you eat Don? Do you like food?"
Yes.. I like food. Sometimes I like food too much and I can't stop eating food - I do love food. All kinds of food actually - see I like to eat food. It's a weakness of mine. Food. I like food - all ki...
So DON - what else do you like?
Music. I love music. I love to listen to music. Especially when I eat food. But I listen to music all the time - I'd be listening to the music right now if I could because I love music. It makes me happy - I love mu.
What kind of music Don?
All kinds - I love all kinds of music - I really do - I love music - all kinds of music - they're all pretty much my favorite - because I love music and it really doesn't matter what kind of music it is - I love it all - because I just love mu..
Don! Let's put these bags from my trunk into the back seat.
And he did - and then he narrated what he was doing with my groceries - how he was putting them into my trunk and where things belong and I heard him say that sometimes he knows a few things - not often - but sometimes he really does know some stuff and he knows what he's talking about - although not often - but in this instance - the other sacker had put glass items in a single bag and that was ALL WRONG - glass goes in double bags - and that's the way it's done - he doesn't know much - but he knows how to sack groceries and he knows a few things here and there and that's one thing he DOES know.
I stood there in the cold - listening to Don - forcing him out of his brain loops - insisting he move the conversation forward with me. I wanted to hug him. But since I'd already kissed the granny cashier for carding me - I couldn't bring myself to hug Don. But I really wanted to. I wished him a Merry Christmas - and he returned the greeting to me - and off he went - through the parking lot - talking. Likely about Christmas as that was our last topic. I love Don. Every time I drive home from the grocery store - I am filled with joy and warm feelings - and it's because of people like Don and the lovely granny who carded me - I love my store. I can't wait to go back!!!