Monday, November 29, 2010

The Future

A new person was manning the store. He looked familiar, and I finally placed him. When I'd moved here, he'd been the young boy who home delivered groceries.
"Haven't seen you for awhile", I said.
"Two years", he told me. "I've gone back to the village. I'm working there. And also studying. I'm just helping out here for a month."

I placed my order. He rattled off the other things used to buy.
"How do you still remember?", I asked.
"How could I forget?", he replied.

If the future of the nation is in his hands, the future is safe

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.


Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a terrific young man!! :)

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - That's such a nice story! Yes, as long as there are people like that, who are so connected with their customers and with others in general, there is hope :-).

Jessica Bell said...

I love it when you meet people like that. :o)

Jan Morrison said...

A thing like that can make my day!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

True customer service!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

A day-brightener! Thanks, Rayna. :)

LTM said...

love it. And I love all the little stories that unfold in your mind. I share this gift/preoccupation~ ;o) <3

Holly Ruggiero said...

That’s so great to hear. There are places locally I frequently weekly and they say hi and ask if I want my usual and then there are others who look at me blankly each week.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Another excellent story . I can’t seem to remember what I buy from week to week, so I could really use someone like that young man to remind me.

Danette said...

Some people have great minds for details. It was nice that you remembered him and amazing that he remembered you so well! And a well told story at that!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That young man will go far in life!

Cinette said...

It's always refreshing and stimulating to meet someone with such a mind for details. I knew a priest who remembered the name of every parishoner in the entire city, as well as tidbits about their lives.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

I agree. It's amazing how you find someone who was apart of your everyday life and then was gone, how important they can be.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, this was nice, Rayna! Love the little glimpse of hope in this responsible, helpful young man.

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like the young man will go far and do well in life.

Thoughts in Progress

Grandpa said...

It is, indeed

Chary Johnson said...

Natasha, I find that some people judge an individual by the job position that he or she may possess. But you look beyond that and see the person within.

Indeed, it would be a brighter future . Great post!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Jemi- I was really impressed. But it was precisely because of that spark that I remembered him after two years.

@ Margot- incredible, isn't it? That he cared enough about his rather crappy dead-end job enough to remember details after so long. The future is bright for him, and he gives me hope for the future.

@ Jessica- I was amazed.

@ Jan- as it did mine!

@ Alex- they can write a book on him!

@ Elizabeth- it brightened my day too

@ Leigh- thank you. Sometimes I wonder if things just happen to me, or if I only notice them more. I seem never to run out of these stories. Maybe I was born under a lucky star.

@ Holly- and no points for guessing which of the two you prefer visiting.

@ Jane- you and I are more similar than you think. Most of the time, I rely on the grocer to prompt me, and he always does.

@ Danette- I remembered him precisely because of that spark he had. But his memory is phenomenal.

@ Diane- I certainly hope so. There should be nothing limiting him.

@ Cinette- I am really bad with names and faces, so I try to compensate by remembering one thing about everyone I meet. Most people don't seem to notice you haven't called them by name, when you ask them how their son is doing in school.

@ Oddyoddyo13- it is incredible, isn't it?

@ Hart- big glimmer of hope, I would think. People like him are the future of the World, not that guy who tried to blow up your hometown.

@ Mason- I certainly hope so.

@ Grandpa - :-)

@ Chary- you are no different, Chary. What makes you such an amazing teacher is that you are convinced everyone has the potential to be anything they want to be- which, of course, they do.


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