On January 7th my post Gratitude included being thankful for the clerk in Shoppers asking me ‘whatcha up to today’. The first time I met her was the week we had just arrived in Parksville and were living in a rented condo until the possession date of our house. I was feeling a little out of sorts and certainly stressed. Lots of life changes in that week. Although I think Calgary is one of the friendliest big cities there is, I was yet to ever hear the same type of remark from a clerk I didn’t know. I remember thinking in Oct. that it was so refreshing to have been greeted with what I assimilated a small town genuine gesture.
I told the clerk that we had just moved here so we had lots on the go. She asked me where I was from and when I told her Calgary, she almost screamed ‘I used to live there and my ex mother-in-law still does’. She went on for quite awhile about the different places she had lived and then, as she handed me my receipt, she said, meeting my eyes and with a big big smile ‘Welcome – I know you’ll love it here’.
I walked away smiling too and thinking how refreshing. Although I did catch a glimpse of the kind of annoyed faces of the people behind me in line. Perhaps she’d spent a little too much time chatting!
I mentioned the experience to my hair stylist. She knew exactly who the clerk was and had a similar interaction with her.
I had the pleasure of having her ring up my stuff a few times in the past 7 months since we’ve been here. Her attitude has always been the same and her smile was always there, with everyone. The last time I saw her at Shoppers she had dyed her hair shades of pink and purple.
Yesterday I was in one of the local liquor stores. There were 2 cashiers on duty. I noticed right away that the cashier with her back towards me had a completely shaved head. As I was sliding my wine to the cashier in my line, the other cashier said to the lady behind me ‘I can help you over here’. The lady said to her ‘didn’t you work at Shoppers?’. I said ‘yes, I was thinking the same thing’. The cashier looked at us, smiled and nodded. I overheard the lady behind me say to the cashier ‘do you like your new hairdo?’. The cashier said she didn’t know but that she would be having treatment so she thought she would get a head start on things, or something to that effect.
I watched her demeanour and it was calmer, quieter – I don’t think I was imagining that. I felt so sad driving home. I hope that she will be okay and that she has a good support system and that she knows how her lovely attitude in retail has, I’m sure, positively affected many of her customers. It did me.