Friday, September 21, 2012
The Check-Out Lady Checks In
The same woman worked at the check-out counter at our grocery store for years. About a year ago, the store changed ownership and she went to work at a store in Efrat, one town over.
I haven't seen her since she left. Today, for the first time, Josh and I went into that store, and I was excited to spot Shulamit. We caught up a bit, talking about her job, about Neve Daniel and about the new year.
Then she said, "And how is Stella?"
And I had to laugh.
She's the grocery check-out clerk. If I had to take a guess, I'd say that most people around the world don't know the check-out clerk at their grocery store.
And here she was, having not been in the community for a year, having not once seen me or Stella, asking me how Stella was doing.
When I laughed, she looked at me like I was crazy. Of course she was asking me about Stella - why wouldn't she be?
And that, in a nutshell, is what daily life is like for us.
Yes, even the check-out lady knows who needs extra prayers during the year in our community in Neve Daniel.