Our grandkids live in Franklin Kentucky, so when the grandson wants to come spend the weekend with us, we usually meet them in Westmoreland at Mike’s Foodland which is just about halfway.
I like shopping Mike’s because it’s got a good selection to choose from, it’s clean, and the prices are good. It also helps that they’ve got good employees.
One of the workers there is John, a young man with Down’s Syndrome. Great guy, just as friendly and cheerful as he can be, and let me tell you what, John’s about the hardest worker I’ve ever seen in my life. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen him standing around doing nothing. He’s either bagging groceries, stocking shelves, rearranging displays, helping people load their groceries, shit like that, and when he doesn’t have anything to do, he’s pushing a broom or mopping a floor. His shirt front is always dirty but it’s not a hygiene problem – it’s dirt from working. Seriously, I was on my way to Portland once and stopped in for a donut just as he was getting to work and his shirt was spotless. I came back through a couple hours later and stopped in again to get some groceries so I could avoid Walmart, and his shirt was as grimy as it usually is. Like I said, a hard worker and not afraid to get dirty.
I swear, if half the people on earth had that guy’s attitude and work ethic, the world would be a much better place.
Last month I picked up the grandson and went in to get him some ice cream. As we were leaving, John bid me goodbye and told me “Be careful, mister. It’s starting to rain.”
I looked out the front window and it was just pouring down. “Thanks, John, I’ll do that. It’s raining like a pure bitch out there. Have a good day now.”
Sunday morning I was dropping off the grandknuckledragger and remembered some shit I needed to pick up, so I went in, got my groceries, and as I was being rung up, John stopped what he was doing and came over to bag my groceries, giving me a look of recognition.
As I was leaving he walked me to the door, gave me a huge grin and said “Be careful, mister. It’s raining like a pure bitch out there!!! Have a good day now.”