“I’m a mean, old guy that likes to give this young lady here a hard time! Gotta watch her closely! She’ll trick ya!” An elderly man joked out loud in front of the rest of the customers this evening.
The customers stared at the man looking momentarily confused. Breaking my train of concentration and focus, I look up from the checkout screen. I greet him with one of my big smiles!
He is wearing his trademark veteran’s cap, blue jeans, and a simple t-shirt. I reassured the other customers, “No, this is Jay and he’s one of the sweetest customers I ever had! This is a regular game we play.”
“HEY! You’re wrecking my tough image here, Sa! I’m not sweet at all!” Jay leaned in and winked. He is beaming. His soft spoken wife smiles with embarrassment and continues her payment.
A customer behind him yells aloud, “Why, if it isn’t our neighbor Jay! Kids say hello to Jay!” A little boy and girl waved.
“HEY!” Jay greets them with enthusiasm. The children are grinning from ear to ear.
A few customers come up to him and thanked him profusely for his service. He responded, “I would do it all over again in a heart beat!”
He waved at me. “BYE SA! Remember… I’m a MEAN guy!” He winked at me and left with his wife.
His neighbor told me the story of how he met his wife. She was in a serious car accident. Jay saw a stranger in need, and took her to the hospital. He stayed with her and took care of her. They began to fall in love and stayed together ever since.
I cried from this beautiful story. Jay’s always in service even when he’s retired.
Happy Veterans Day everyone! I will keep many individuals in my thoughts.
In response to:
- Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Prompt: Mean