There was an interesting man who checked out at my register today.
He was perhaps around 70/80, and he’d picked out a card that said “You are the love of my life”.
I asked him if it was his anniversary, but he didn’t respond, he just made a small, sad smile and proceeded to stay silent the entire time he was at the register.
When I handed him his card, he reached out his hand, and I shook it. He held on for a few moments, nodding at me, before he turned and left the store with his card.
I felt a sense of sadness from him, and I wonder if he bought the card for someone who wasn’t with him anymore.
In any case, he was in my mind for the rest of the day, and I hope that my smiles toward him helped to improve his day if just by a little bit.