It’s Not What You Think!

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones”
Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭22
Today I needed a couple of items so I stopped in one of our local pharmacy chains, knowing they’d have what I needed.  As I arrived at checkout, a very nice young lady greeted me, paused, and then asked me a question that was phrased something like this: “Are you possibly 55 years old”?  I did sense a slight reluctance in her words.  I replied that I would in fact turn 64 next month.  And of course, I needed to know the reason for the question and soon learned that it was Senior discount day!  So, with that, I asked my question. ” Would you like to see my ID to prove my age”?  The cashier was very quick to say absolutely not, and that she fully trusted what I said.  She went on to say that she almost didn’t ask because I did not appear to be 55, but was glad now that she did go ahead and inquire.
Now I’m not sure if this was the case or if it was just the most clever approach to this situation I’ve encountered.  Either way, I liked it!  And here is the really big deal about all of this:  for a brief moment, I put aside my usual pride concerning this matter.  I accepted the discount.  This was a first.  I always pay full price, not willing to seek such a discount.  How smart is that? A third factor that could have triggered the cashier’s question is one item that I was purchasing.
I’ll never know. We did not discuss my purchase:

Now I need to explain.  It’s not what you might think.  And it’s not what the cashier may have thought. We have this new cutting board for our kitchen…a beautiful piece made in Europe from very old barn wood.  The safest and best way to prepare and protect it is to treat it with a quality, food grade, mineral oil.  I rest my case!  In case you don’t believe my story about why I bought this item, I am including some evidence of its use. I’ve shown my ID to prove why I was eligible for the discount, so I’ll just move on from here. No pun intended.
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  1. Nicole Roper says:

    This was great! It made my day reading it! Although, I am not quite at the age of the discounts just yet!! Ha! Ha!

  2. Jeanie says:

    You are so funny about the mineral oil. I probably would be too……since I am your age! I love your column and can relate to all you write. :)

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