Thursday, July 28, 2005

Dear Ralphs

Aside from a beat-up Dodge Caravan and a non-descript pick-up, I was the only car in the parking lot. Rushing past the baskets and carts, I glanced at my pink-and-glittering watch: 11:45pm.

Fifteen minutes til closing.

Moments later, clutching my morning-must-have: 2% milk for splashing coffee and dousing Grape Nuts, I checked out.

Sleepy. Dreading the 5am wake-up call. But mostly, oblivious to anyone.

"Well aren't you just a bright spot of sunshine?" chirped Norma as she counted my change.

"You just brightened our day," she continued to beam.

I'm clearly never shopping anywhere else.

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