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One positive interaction can restore faith in people

Posted Friday, January 25, 2013, at 7:18 PM

The pantry needed a restock and it needed it quick. We were out of tostitos and salsa, out of frozen pizzas, out of NutterButter cookies. What's worse is we were out of coffee and French vanilla. These are staples and Thursday was payday -- I was going to have to go to the store.

I'm not much of a shopper. When I do go, the cart will be full and I don't go back until there's no way around it.

So Elijah picks me up after work and long list in hand, we head to the store. One good thing about being a midnight shopper at Walmart, you can park close to the door.

I really wasn't in the mood. It's been a week. A week where I've gotten daily reminders about just how darned mean people can be. The words vile and vicious come to mind. And vengeful. There are people out there with hate in their hearts.

I'll never understand it, but sometimes I have to deal with it and it's hard to know just what to say when I see someone hurt for no good reason.

Nope, I'm not giving any more details. Except to say when I walked into the store, I'd had my fill of mean humans for the week and did not intend to talk to any humans at all, except Elijah.

So we're walking a main aisle and some guy came from behind and breezed past us like we were standing still, and then he turned to look back at us and he says, "Hey, aren't you Anna Rochelle?"

If I'd ever seen this guy before, I couldn't remember it, and my first thought was oh, crap, have I written a story about this person and he's not happy? I hesitated, then admitted to being me, and prepared to defend myself with a can of chicken noodle soup.

But then, this guy with a friendly face who came out of nowhere, said the nicest things. As if on cue, he said exactly what I needed to hear.

With that one very short exchange in the wee hours in an almost-deserted store, he rearranged my attitude.

Thank you Nathan.

Never miss a chance to let someone know you appreciate them. Never miss a chance to give someone a smile. Never miss a chance to slow down just for a few seconds and say something nice. It doesn't cost a dime, and that little good vibration you throw out could make somebody's day.

And just in case you think we only eat snackie stuff around here, we also had whole wheat bread and yogurt, bananas and oranges, green onions and carrots and other healthy things on that list.

Anna Rochelle is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by sending an email to indianarose@fastmail.us or by calling the office at 812-847-4487.

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Anna Rochelle is editor of the Greene County Daily World and can be reached on Facebook or by sending an email to indianarose@fastmail.us.