Like many pensioners in this city, I’m self isolated a lot of the time, regardless of such as the COVID-19 threat.
But today, I had to buy groceries.
So I walked to the nearest Save-On [Foods] store because they sell what’s often called “fake meat.”
It’s made for vegans and vegetarians who won’t eat “real” meat.
While in the store I was jostled and stumbled because a young woman was preoccupied with her own concerns.
A nearby lady asked if I was OK.
I thanked her and said I was.
A few minutes later, despite that the store was out of my favourite “meat,” I started at the self checkout.
Suddenly the lady who had earlier asked if I was OK was at my elbow.
She asked if she could scan her single item on my transaction, saying that she would, of course, pay for her own.
As I was bagging my few items she scanned hers then told me she would pay for mine.
I said it wasn’t necessary, but before I could finish properly she took her item then handed me the paid receipt as she walked away.
I thanked her, of course, but she left so quickly I was still in a daze.
Iwish this octogenarian could thank this angel properly.
Whoever and wherever you are, I thank you from my heart and assure you that your act of paying it forward will be carried on.
Gerald Martin, Maple Ridge
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