I follow the Kindness Blog and kindness really can be inspirational and contagious.
I went out late this afternoon to do some shopping in (where else?) Publix.
My first stop was at the Deli counter. Ordered my regular chicken and cheese, and then, since the rotisserie chickens had just come out, I thought, “It’s been a long time since I had one of those.” So, on the spur of the moment, I decided to ask the person behind the counter to pick one out for me and cut it into 8 pieces. I was told that it was too hot right now, and it needed to stand for a while so that it could be cut; otherwise, it would fall apart. OK. I said I would come back after doing my other shopping.
Went into the produce area and as I ventured over to the fresh mushrooms, I noticed the produce clerk taking great care in moving packages of carrots around on the shelves so that the shelves and carrots, and all the packaged veggies were calling out to shoppers to “take me.” The young clerk seemed very intent on his task, and I told him that I thought he was doing such a good job; the shelves were looking great. He beamed and thanked me.
There was a new “fish man” behind the (you guessed it!) fish counter. He was very obliging and even came out around and helped me pick something out from the freezer where the packaged shrimp were stored and showed me that it was the best buy – better than what I had originally decided upon. He packaged some fresh fish with specific instructions from me, and did a fine job. I thanked him profusely – he really took great care! And he had a big smile.
I was almost finished with my shopping list, when I ran into an employee who I thought would be able to answer my question about how I can find out the name of the Produce Manager. She said, “I’m the Store Manager, so I could answer any questions you may have.” I told her about that nice clerk in Produce, and what a great job he was doing, and I always like to give credit where credit is due. I asked if there was a form that I could complete so that it would go into his personnel file. She said it wasn’t necessary, and that she would make note of it. I believed her – she was a lovely person and very sincere. All the people working there are the friendliest and most helpful people I’ve ever encountered in a market.
I finished getting all the items on my list and went to check out.
Got home, put everything away, had a light supper and got a call from daughter. General chatting away, and I happened to ask her, “What did you have for supper tonight?” Her answer, “Chicken.” Guess what?