Car Hop Mom-ent

Those of you that know me, know that I was an A&W car hop for 13 years of my life. Yes, I did hang trays with frosty, ice cold mugs of root beer on car windows. No, I did not wear roller skates–I was born during a more litigious era.

Today I experienced a moment that I hadn’t experienced for years…the grandma change purse moment. Almost all little old ladies had snap shut coin purses and counted out their change to the exact penny. These were the same ladies that would ask for change for a quarter so that they could give me a nickel tip.

You learned to be friendly and patient over the years. You could be in the busiest rush, and hustling your rear end off–then, there would be this peaceful moment as grandma dug in her purse. I learned to take those moments where I found them. I didn’t tap impatiently or try to hurry these women along.

Today in Costco, there was a sweet grandma in front of me in line. Her granddaughter was with her, and we all waited for her to pay the cashier. I thought the man behind me was going to have a cow. The cashier looked sour and irritated.

I hope we all take time to remember someday we might need some extra time. Also, busy moms out there, take those moments when you can find them.

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One Comment

  1. blondeshell
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I’m with you there grandma lover. We’ve all been screaming babies and we’ll all be slow grandma’s and it’s important to remember that. Lo-ove the title of the piece by the way.


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