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Topic: Checkout (06/09/11)
TITLE: End of the Line
By Christine Ramey
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Elizabeth had a strong faith in God and believed that no matter what the amount that He would help provide for whatever she could not cover. She needed this to be a special dinner and a special time for her family during this holiday season. People were lined out to the front door waiting for their turn and growing impatient.
One heavy set lady with her hair in curlers and carrying a hand bag across her arms stood getting impatient because the line wasn’t moving. “Well…I sure hope someone gets this a line a moving! I don’t have all day to wait.” She grumbled.
“I wish some people wouldn’t complain and grip about everything little thing. It’s annoying.” Elizabeth said loud enough for the lady to hear.
“You and me both, I can’t stand it when people complain over the stupidest things. It’s definitely not cool to do so!” The older man with a cane said as he pushed his buggy forward in front of her.
Elizabeth was sure glad to see someone else on her side. The man carried on a simple conversation with her as the sales clerk rang up his total.
“Groceries today are so expensive.” The gentlemen began.
“So true, I for one wish the prices would go down. I can’t believe how much they are charging. It’s ridiculous.”
“Amen sister! I’m thankful for my job, but I know many can’t have the simple things. I wish there was more I could do for them. I don’t like seeing people hurting so much.”
“I know what you mean. My family and I…we struggle. I’m just thankful to have food on the table. That’s a blessing in and of itself.” She smiled holding tightly to her food stamps.
“Well, maybe the economy will get better soon. I hope so anyway.”
“That will be $101.99 sir.” The sales clerk added to the distraction.
“Oh thank you, here you go ma’am.” The old gentlemen handed her the money.
Receipts were given and he moved forward as Elizabeth moved behind him. She placed her groceries on the belt as they moved along and waited for the total.
“42.47 ma’am.” She announced.
“What? I don’t have that kind of money. She looked at the papers in her hands and looked back at the crowd behind her noticing their impatience. Then she realized they could hear every word so she tried to be discreet about her situation.
“Ma’am, please can we put some items back. I don’t mean to make a fuss but I only have $25 in food stamps. That’s all.”
The sales clerk smiled and she grabbed the microphone. “Put back on register 7 please.”
Embarrassment fell heavy upon Elizabeth and the kind gentlemen placed the remaining amount in her hands then he said. “God takes care of His own. Have a great Thanksgiving.” Smiling he went out to his car. Leaving Elizabeth with no way to say thank you.
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