Saturday, February 21, 2009
Throw It to Me!
by Amy Platon
Have you made a perfect stranger smile lately? Well I have to say, since it’s my night job, I’ve not really felt compelled to try doing it on my days off. So, I guess I was in an especially smiley mood when I did what I did.
As usual, this story takes place in my local grocery store. *Imagine if I really had a life? Oh the stories I could tell.* I was planning to use a competitor coupon that gives me BOGO on fish fillets. To do that, I had to have the fish guy wrap up my three fillets separately. And he did, cause that’s his job.
And, I’m not really sure what came over me, but when he finished wrapping my first fillet in paper, I clapped my hands and held up my palms. He peered over his glasses at me. As if it wasn’t obvious, I shout, “Throw it to me!”
He looked to his left (over his glasses) then launched it right at my chest. I caught it and threw it into my buggy.
My smile was so big that infectious would be an understatement. He had made my day. “I’ve always wanted to do this!” I shouted. PS: Don’t ask me why I’m yelling.
He laughed (out loud) and tossed me the second fillet. “This is just like the fish market!” In hindsight it really wasn’t. I'm in Orlando Florida after all, not the Seattle fish market, but I was totally in the moment.
He threw me the third fillet and smiled his own really-big-infectious-smile and told me to have a good day. “Thanks!” I said and really meant it. “You’re the best!”
And he was the best. Because he played! Like kids, we played, perfect strangers and complete adults - we played.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a little crazy - right out in public and all. But this was the best time I’ve had in a while. And even if it’s not your style to do something so bold, I say try! Just once, try it! *Sorry, I'm yelling again. It’s super-fun.
I told you mine, now you tell me yours! Post your comments (here) and share what you’ve done to make a perfect stranger smile!