The Husband and I made a special trip to Monterey last week so I could spend the birthday money the Mama gave me for someting pretty to wear. I was hoping to find a new top or two in Macy's. No such luck. Nearly everything was made out of flimsy, slick-like fabric. It reminded me of polyester from the 1960s and 1970s. The few things that I did like were too expensive even at 50% off. For instance, I saw a bohemian (aka hippie) style tunic that was cute, but at the original price of $200+, no thank you. I checked out a couple of other women's apparel shops in the mall. Zilch.
About two hours later, I met the Husband at our meeting spot. We sat on a bench and enjoyed the warmth of the day for a long while before we headed back into Macy's to buy us some bed sheets. We found a package of 700 thread count sheets for half off, about $60. A great deal. The cashier made it even a better bargain by giving us an extra 10% from a newspaper advertisement. "Thank you," I said, "That's kind of you."
"I like deals, too," she said.
Our transaction was interrupted when the younger clerk beside her asked for help. She was new on the job and didn't know how to handle a grumpy customer's request. Our clerk resolved the problem easily, putting both the customer and novice clerk at ease. She turned back to us. "Thank you for your patience."
"No problem," the Husband and I said. It truly wasn't. I actually thought the other customer's transaction was interesting and wouldn't have minded following the clerk to the store's dock where she would fetch the appropriate item for the customer. The Husband told me later that he was surprised to hear there was a dock and would've liked to have seen it, too.
"You two have a lot of love," the clerk said, pointing her finger from me to the Husband. "I saw it immediately."
"We've been together for over 20 years," said the Husband.
"Thank you," I said. I didn't know what she meant, but I loved it. I was certainly glad that we drove to Monterey that day.
I'm hooking up with the warm-hearted Jenny Matlock's Warm Wednesday meme. Click here to check out other warm-hearted tales, as well as to join in if you like.