By Heather O.
I was in the grocery store today, and got stuck in a line. No big deal, I wasn’t in a hurry or anything. I spent my time patiently (and that’s not even sarcasm) explaining to my daughter why we weren’t going to buy the $4 tub of lipgloss, so I was distracted by the time the checker finally got around to ringing up my stuff. When I finally convinced Little Sister to put the lipgloss back, I looked up to make eye contact with the checker, and no joke, she looked me directly in the eye, gave me a nice big customer service grin and said, “I just LOVE cabbage!”
I suppose there are about a thousand responses to that statement. Like, “Red or green?”, or “boiled or raw?” or “coleslaw or sauerkraut?” I could have even done the “Who DOESN’T, sister!” and given her a power to the cabbage fist pump.
And it’s not a *bad* statement. But because I was fully prepared to respond to something more along the lines of “Howya doin’ today” or “Find everything?” or even a quippy “Boy this weather’s crazy!” I was fully taken aback by the cabbage line and did little more than blink at her.
She went on.
“Don’t YOU like cabbage?” she asked, as she rung up my milk and eggs. Bear in mind, I actually hadn’t purchased a cabbage. Milk, eggs, some junk food, yes. Cabbage, no.
But as a matter of fact, I DO like cabbage, and told her so.
“I bet you’d be hard pressed to find ANYBODY who DOESN’T like cabbage, doncha think?”
I had to agree with her. But again, my answers were not at all on the same level of energy as hers, because really, how many people do YOU know who get giddy over cabbage?
Then she started to admire the beauty of my daughter, who in turn gave the checker her best shy grin, which put us all on more familiar ground. I loaded my groceries without further reference to cabbage, which was probably a good thing, because it soon could have ventured into the land of kimchi, and my stars, you just don’t want to go there.
But I left with a smile on my face, uplifted by this woman’s declaration of devotion. Simple love for a simple vegetable, that’s all it takes to make life worth living.
How do you like YOUR cabbage?
And while you contemplate, I give you something ELSE to add to your day. An episode from “Annoying Orange”, (which happens to be my 9 year old’s favorite show, so, you know, expect humor of the HIGHEST QUALITY) where Cabbage comes to Annoying Orange’s rescue. Enjoy.
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