Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Today I went to CVS(Aka Longs. Its a pharmacy, Cleva! LOL).. Is it around the corner from my house and I am probably there every day for one thing or another. A quick food item or cat food, cleaners whatever. Anyway, I went in, got my few things and was in line behind an eldery gentleman. Probably well into his 80's with his cane and he is asking the clerk for hearing aid batteries.
The young man turns away, pointing in the direction of the hearing aids. What he didnt realize is, as soon as he turned away, that old guy could not hear him. So, and I give him credit for this, He tells the old guy he will take him over there and tells me he will be right back to which I said "take your time". Now there are a few people in line behind me, the clerk comes back and starts ringing me up before I could tell him to take care of the old guy who is now about 3 deep in line. I pay for my stuff and the old guy leans over and asks the Clerk if there are any other hearing aid batteries. Clerk: No thats all we have.
I am in that store every day. I know exactly where the batteries are by the pharmacy. I notice them because my mom was deaf.
So I get the old guys attention and I say:The Batteries are right down that aisle. By the pharmacy" and I pointed him in the right direction.
He wandered off a few aisle from where I pointed, the clerk kept helping other people and I realized that I could not let him go looking around by himself. So I parked my cart, went after the guy, got his attention, took him over to the batteries then helped him select the right ones. He thanked me, still kinda of confused and I walked him back to the line and left the store.
I wanted to cry. My parents both died before they got to his age. 16 years ago my mom died. She was only 68 and was very spunky, way too young to be gone. 4 years ago, I lost my dad. He was 82, still walked and went to the gym every day and never met a woman he didnt think was beautiful in one way or another. He was starting to show his age tho and would get rattled sometimes.
I would like to think, had they lived longer, someone would have helped them in the store. It is funny how things trigger such emotions in us isnt it? I know every one of you would have helped that old guy today, it was nothing special, but in a way, it made me feel closer to my parents and made me miss them. Alot.