Dancing Through the Checkout Line
--by magicalbubbles, posted Oct 30, 2008
I rather enjoy the music in the supermarket and so last week i found myself whistling and humming along quietly as i did my weekly food shopping.
I got to the checkout and noticed that the lady in front of me looked like she had had a bad day and the young kid working the checkout looked like he wanted to be anywhere else. Still on my own little high from a good day I set about unloading my groceries and humming to myself.
When it was my turn I was snapped back to reality with the checkout kid smiling and dancing around. When I commented on how nice it was to see him enjoying himself and that I also enjoyed the music he said, "Well I heard this noise and thought it was my mobile phone vibrating at first. Then I realised that it was you humming and you inspired me to dance."
Everyone in the queue was laughing and smiling and so what is normally a rather mundane exercise for most people was turned into an opportunity to connect with others. Without even realising it, I was able to share my happiness with someone else and show that it is contagious.
I debated posting this story at first as i didn't think it was a "real" act of kindess. After thinking about it some more and telling the story to a few friends, i came to appreciate how magical and unique this shared moment was and how much joy it brought to the people involved as well as the ones I shared it with.