Yesterday, I was able to run a few errands and hit in the grocery store. While checking out, the cashier began making comments on what I was purchasing. At first it was innocuous and even nice--things like, "Oh! I love almonds!" but then things took a dark turn.
In my cart was a book (50% off, by the way) about detoxing with whole foods. You know, the perfect book for January of a new year. The wee cashier said, "Mind if I take a look?" then thumbed through the book while 6 other people waited in line behind me. Then she looked at me and said, "Do you think this will help?"
Now, I'm no beauty queen, and 40 is just around the corner, but seriously, little lady?? I stood there in the shadow of shock and awe, my mouth hanging open. I uttered something like, "I'm kind of in a rush, would you mind?" and pointed to my almonds, and my book and I fled.
Perhaps she was curious. Perhaps she needed to chat and didn't know how to start the conversation--and that's ok. Because I realize that her question wasn't about me--it was about her--because people sometimes spew their crazy out there in the world and it's never about you or me, it's always about the spew-er. So this gives me a little grace in how I reacted; but when life presents you with an opportunity to comment on other people's lives, choices or groceries, here's one phrase to remember, "Just don't."
Has anyone asked you any inappropriate questions lately?