From The Working Files

Working at a big box store gives me ample opportunity for people watching. Tonight, there was one man who caught my attention. He was very old, probably in his 80s. Every so often, I’d glance up from my register and I’d see him, coming out of the cosmetics aisle, tottering along, if a 6’+ tall man can be said to totter. He didn’t look lost – in fact, I wondered if he was just doing laps around the store, getting some exercise in while it was quiet.

From the other side of the store, from the woman’s clothing section, an old woman came along, pushing her cart. She rounded the corner, towards the cosmetics section, just as he was coming out.

And he smiled at her; a face-splitting, ear-to-ear grin as he spotted her. And she smiled back, the same sort of “oh my goodness, it’s so lovely to see you” kind of smile. And I watched as they tottered over to my register, him resting his hand on hers as she guided the cart.

And when they came thru my lane, I couldn’t help but grin. Truth be told, I got a little teary-eyed over them.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. George
    Sep 15, 2008 @ 01:23:00

    I hope my wife and I can be like that couple one day. That is cool.

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  2. Fairly Odd Mother
    Sep 15, 2008 @ 06:10:00

    I love that. I hope to be like that someday too (not lost in a store, but just happy with my SighOth).

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  3. Lisa
    Sep 15, 2008 @ 07:33:00

    How sweet is that?

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  4. crazymumma
    Sep 15, 2008 @ 08:52:00

    I see that sometimes, those old couples that are stll so connected. I always wonder if their first wives and or husbands have passed away and this is a late in life romance. Or, if they are among the blessed.

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  5. cadiz12
    Sep 15, 2008 @ 13:26:00

    i always love when old people on tv say they still see the younger version of their partner when they look at him/her, and how they’re as in love with the partner now as they were back in the day. i’m glad to hear that kind of thing happens somewhere in real life!

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  6. Mike
    Sep 15, 2008 @ 13:44:00

    As I am approaching those days much sooner than I want, I am looking forward to the excitment of seeing my love from across the room. Knowing looks that only the two of us understand…

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  7. Ree
    Sep 15, 2008 @ 17:23:00

    I know those two. They make me cry every time I see them also.

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  8. Ms Picket To You
    Sep 15, 2008 @ 21:20:00

    yeah.. I am working on my “toughness,” my trying not to be a spongeness. this didn’t help. and also makes me want to scrap all of that.

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  9. SUEB0B
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 12:25:00

    I can only hope to be so loved!

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  10. Dea
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 16:21:00

    That is so sweet! I love that he was waiting for her….

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  11. Traceytreasure
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 22:55:00

    How cute! Your job sounds way cooler than mine. Your customers too!I’m going to have to do a post on my dark blog about my customers, again. ::sigh::Hugs!!

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