Thursday, November 8

Blue Jay In The Snow

Yesterday was Snowagedon (as my friend Rachael called it). Everything came to a halt yesterday with the white stuff. My drive into the office was relatively easy, but as the day progressed and with more snow, it made my regular 34 minute drive almost triple in length. At one point on the way home I was doing 40 and that still felt really fast.

While I drove home I remembered I needed to pick up groceries. A task that is not ideal at the best of times, let alone when you have to push the full cart through wet slippery snow.  When I got to Safeway I decided to make the best of it. I got a tea, took my jacket off and began crossing off my list.

When I was all done, I picked one of two checkout lines and began unloading. There was a woman in front of me who had a nice but strained smile when we made eye contact and I began unloading my stuff. She was older then me, but not by that many years. She walked with a cane and I noticed her hands shook when she was trying to give the cashier her bank card. When she did finally hand her the card, I noticed her fingers were cramped, bent and swollen from arthritis. I could see that the simple task of pushing the buttons on the pin pad was a challenge for her. She was just finishing up her transaction when she said to me, "I love the blue in your hair".
She smiled at me and I said thank you. Then she said, speaking slowly like she had to really concentrate on her word formation, "It reminds me of a Blue Jay and they are my favorite birds, they make me so happy".
She just smiled at me when her husband started making comments abut how Blue Jays are such a pretty bird.

It was a nice moment. It made me feel warm inside.


I am grateful for conversations with strangers. I love that I live in a place where talking with anyone is acceptable.

I am grateful for a warm house and good food. For a strong shovel and a beautiful and peaceful morning to clear the snow.

I am grateful for feeling less anger towards my treadmill this morning.


1 comment:

My Sunny Porch said...

my favourite read today :}