I spent much of my eight hour shift scraping and cleaning Easter bunny paw prints off the floor of the store. (The rest of the time, I blew up A LOT of balloons!)
I was down on my knees, welcoming people into the store, as I removed the last pieces of evidence that the Easter Bunny had recently visited smallMart.
I think about 90% of the customers offered cleaning suggestions as they walked passed me.
“Use vinegar and water but more vinegar than water.”
“Use a putty knife to scrape the tape off the floor.”
“Good old soap and water will fix that, no problem.”
“Try some of that “Goo-Off” stuff.”
“The best thing for that is nail polish remover.”
The suggestions continued throughout the day and by 2:00 p.m., I confess that I was getting a bit irritated. (and my knees were getting sore too!)
Finally, there were a few minutes of silence and I thought the store was empty.
Out of the blue, I heard these words — “You know, I’ve been watching you from the back of the store. It takes a humble person to work so hard at such a menial task, Diane. Would you like some help?”
I looked up and there was my 84-year-old friend offering her hand to me.
“Josie” and I have had many good chats over the past couple of years and I thoroughly enjoy her outlook on life. She has one of the brightest smiles I have ever seen and she truly lights up a room when she enters.
“I know you like many of G.K.Chesterton’s quotes. I’ve got the perfect one for you today, Diane. I think you’re going to like this one.”
Chesterton said, “It is always the secure who are humble.”
“Work hard, stay humble, Diane” . . .
. . . and then my friend gave me a big hug.
Tired body, refreshed spirit.
“Josie” is one of the many reasons that I work at smallMart.
Thank you, Jesus for the people who come into this little haven of joy. I am so thankful for this beautiful part time job . . . sticky bunny paw prints and all.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4.2