How will you be defined?
November 19, 2017

Paper or plastic? Plastic, please. And make it a big one!

I love the big plastic bags at Target. Because once you get home and unpack, you have a bag that’s as sturdy as it is useful. That’s why I make a point to get one of them every time we visit.

The self-checkout stations don’t have the big bags, though. So for a long time I just walked over and grabbed one from an unattended regular checkout. I didn’t want to bother an employee who was busy helping other customers.

And then one day an employee came up from behind me and practically smacked the bag out of my hand as she scolded me. I was indeed supposed to have asked (bothered) an employee if I wanted a big bag.

I can’t remember if I said anything. I do remember thinking, “Wow. There are a thousand ways she could’ve expressed the same sentiment without all this yuck hanging in the air.”

Can you guess what I think about every time I see her? And, well, who cares? But you know what is interesting? I’ve never seen the woman smile. Not once. She always gives me the impression she’s about to tear into someone else. They say how you do anything is how you do everything. This gal’s a great reminder to check in with yourself once in a while. Find a way to be happy at least some of the time. Because if you don’t, you aren’t doing the rest of us any favors.