Shop ‘Til You Drop


I made another Friday trip to a grocery store on my campaign stop today for Campaign Smile.  Fridays tend to be a double-edged sword with grocery shoppers I have noticed.  While many there are feeling the relief of the end of another work week many are feeling other burdens.  These can include the obvious like the need to get food and prepare it for supper.  They could also be more obscure like preparing for company, vacation, wedding or other party, etc.  For this reason I like to try and see if I can brighten any days…

1. I didn’t find a lot of people shopping when I made my smile campaign stop.  The first woman I encountered glanced at me and my smile and quickly looked away.  The funnier thing was when she popped up again about thirty seconds later, having circled the aisle and come back the same way as before.  She looked at me again and looked away again.  I guess she couldn’t believe I was smiling at her the first time and had to see it again.  Even the encore performance didn’t elicit a smile, though.  The benefit came later, I know.

2. I nearly collided with an older gentleman hurrying to pick up a carrier carton for his wine purchase.  (Like a fast-food drink carrier but holds 4 bottles of wine.)  Maybe it had been a long week.  Hopefully, the wine and the smile helped though I could not draw a smile from him right then.

3. As I was leaving one of the store employees greeted me and smiled largely.  This assured me that at least one person would carry on my quest after I left.  Roll, Campaign Smile, Roll!

We now have 203 smiles counted.  More importantly, there is a tremendous wave of benefit rolling forth from these encounters.  Speaking of smiling, if you haven’t already subscribed to the blog to enter the James Dean Contest you can do so now before you forget.  Drawing is June 30th.
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