Come on, come ON!  I seethed inwardly as I watched the Walmart cashier ring up 20 individual Yoplait cartons v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y before placing them carefully in an insulated bag the customer had brought for just such an occasion.  Really?  Who does that anyhow?  I always get the slowest line!  I bounced my baby in the infant carrier to keep him calm as I took candy away from my two-year old who was grabbing it from the check out selection, all the while impatiently eyeing the progress of the lady ahead of me.  When it was our turn at last the cashier said brightly, “I see you’ve got your helpers with you!”  “Mmm-hmm,” I said with a polite but tight smile, hoping she’d get the hint and just start ringing up my items.  No such luck.  “I know all about that,” she continued.  “My grandkids always want to come over to ‘help’ me ever since my open heart surgery earlier this year.”  Whoa.  Hold the phone.  You had heart surgery this year and you’re back here already?  Suddenly I felt ashamed.  My minor irritation at waiting a few extra minutes in line with my kids was instantly small potatoes compared to open heart surgery.  So she wasn’t ringing up the items in record time.  Maybe she couldn’t ring them up and bag them any faster.  Recovery takes time, after all.  And even if she was just naturally slow, hey, maybe she was lonely and simply enjoyed talking to her customers.  At any rate, she deserved a bit of grace from me.

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