Today, while enduring the fluorescent lighting at my local mega-box grocery, I found myself in the gluten free aisle at a stand-still. I was moving like a snail today. Maybe it’s the heat, or maybe I'm just poky to rebel against the hurried frenzy of everyone else desperate to get out as fast as possible. I'll feed off this energy if I’m not careful, so I try to just zen out as I face the ginormous aisles of choices, under those god-awful lights. I breathe deep, accepting it might just take a while.
I’ll admit, it’s not the best mindset. I mean I’ve basically turned weekly grocery shopping into the drama of a Joan of Arc campaign, which is why I was so blissfully knocked on my ass today (figuratively speaking) by the most pleasant thing ever.
Like I said, I was stopped, staring at the shelves, my hands folded in front of me below my swelling belly, where they naturally tend to go these days. Just then, this gentleman stopped in front of me. I thought he may be trying to see the shelf behind me, so I looked at him to inquire if he needed me to move. Before I could, he smiled, and looking at my belly asked when I was due. I told him September, and he nodded as if he could have guessed, then said, “My wife is due in October.” I said congratulations, asked whether they knew what they were having, and he said a girl. Then he asked if it was my first, and I said yes. He said, “Oh, that will be so much fun,” and then...
“I just think women look so radiant when they’re pregnant.”
It was the. best. ever. I burst into the biggest grin, and felt that compliment wash over me like a wave. It was so genuine, from such a knowing and truly happy place. You could see his love for his wife all over his face, his anticipation for his little girl, his joy in fatherhood, his true appreciation for motherhood including pregnancy. I felt a warm glow down in my toes and all the way to the top of my head.
I thanked him and we just stood there smiling this knowing smile at each other for a second, and then he turned around and told me to have a nice day.
And, I decided right then and there to take his advice. I bought myself flowers and a donut, and came home to enjoy them with a cup of tea.
I’m determined to be him to someone else some time. It was like magic, what he did, in that place I normally dread so much. Like pure magic.