Hello, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here!
My Beloved should be coming home on January 4th, 2021 and folks have really come together to help my family. I am so overwhelmed with love.
Now, a short story about yesterday.
While not always the most observant, I have my moments. Working in a prison, I am a paid trained observer of sorts, so I have a knack.
Today, I went to Lowes to pick up two grab bars and mounts for the shower. I am not much of a shopper and this is a little tough for me.
Fortunately, my friend James L. was gracious enough to send me some pictures of what I was looking for and offered to install them today. Thanks James L.!
So, after looking very hard, I found a store associate that was looking to be of assistance. (Or I caught her slipping and she was obligated to)
She pointed me in the right direction but did not move very far from her coffee. Coffee is important.
A short, older man with grey hair and a large middle aged employee were in the department and they slipped off to places unknown.
I looked at the strange items on the shelf, bewildered.
There were so many options to choose from. The world was unfamiliar and there was a jumble of letters and numbers everywhere.
Clearing the static for clarity if a process for me. I looked up and down the aisle eliminating those things I was not looking for while trying not to get distracted by things I may have been looking for before.
The short grey-haired man was around the corner on his phone. I ignored him and went back to looking. Occasionally, he would look in my direction and then resume looking at his phone.
I found the wall mounts. Then I had to find the part numbers to make sure they were the right brand and model number. After a lengthy effort, I found them!
I started browsing the aisle for all the other distracions. My turn had come!
“Hello sir! Can I help you find something?”
It was the short, older man with the grey hair.
“No sir, if you had asked me ten minutes ago while you were on your cell phone, I might have. Thanks though.”
I smiled cheerfully. (or sarcastically, not sure)
Displaying empathy has been something I have been working on. Perhaps my smile needs a little work.
He looked disgusted, which confused me a little. I walked away with my purchases.
While waiting my turn at the self check out, I looked at the news on my phone, but I felt watched. Looking around, it was the older man with the grey hair arms crossed and glaring at me.
I smiled and waved. He did not smile back.
Perhaps I need to work on my empathy, but he may need to work on his customer service.
All is well though. I knew I would get a negative reaction for confronting his behavior. What is important is that I have an install. Thanks James L. !