My local supermarket was very busy Sunday afternoon, and with relief I found a short line at the checkout counter, just one man. The conveyor belt was piled high with his food. I started taking stock, to decide when to put up the divider and add my food, when I noticed his food was all fruits and vegetables, but mostly fruit. Deciding the mix wasn’t quite right for shopping for a special event, I blurted out “Wow, you have a healthy diet!” He smiled back at me and said two words, and they are an inspiration:
He said, “I’m lucky!”
His answer was instant, there was no dissembling, and he wasn’t being gratuitous in any way. I was so touched at his genuine gratitude for what life has given to him, and at how aware he so obviously was that others are not so lucky.
By Annie B. Bond