9 HUGS, 5 children, 4 adults (1 husband, 1 Kroger employee, 2 neighborhood friends)
I had a first today and I am sooooo excited about it. I purchased my groceries through the self check out counter at Kroger. (No, I didn’t hug the machine.) I was juggling my 18 month old while hubby went to purchase the 2nd almond milk I didn’t realize I needed for a coupon I had. An employee happily came over to help me out. She overrode the coupon and scanned the milk I already had so that I could pay and quickly move on after hubby came back. When I asked her for a hug, she did something no one else has done that doesn’t already know me. She stayed. She asked for other ways in which she could help me and happily continued a conversation with me. Let me clarify how this usually works. If I ask someone that I have never met before for a hug they quickly move on to their next task or mumble something nice and walk away. Overall it is pretty clear that I have made their day, but they are just not sure what to do next. Not only did this Kroger employee not walk away, SHE was the one to initiate the next conversation. I wish I could put it in to words, but so far none I am attempting to use can describe the feeling of giddiness this created in me. (I may have started dancing around the store…) I would have been happy to stand (dance) there and talk with her the rest of the evening, but duty called and tummies were rumbling so it was time to get home.
On our way out, I noticed this:
Way to go Kroger. I love that they did this and was thrilled with the number of people that signed it. This was one of those very long rectangular tables. The banner covered the whole thing and I barely had room to include my own words of gratitude. A problem I was happy to encounter.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.