[Image Description: Background is several triangles in a circle like a pie alternating from true red, scarlet and black. A robin is sitting on his perch looking to the right.
Top Text: “CUSTOMER BUYING MICROWAVE”
Bottom Text: “TURNS OUT TO BE LONG LOST AUNT”]
This one is complicated, but it is a happy story!
So, with the exception of my grandfather when I was 7, and my dad who I live with, I have never met my dad’s side of the family. I spoke to a cousin on facebook, but I had given up all hope of meeting anybody, though I wished I would, one day. I did know where my aunt (my dad’s sister) and cousins live, about an hour away. I had seen pictures of them.
Anyway, I have a customer, a man and a woman, buying a microwave. I am scanning it, and I glance at the woman. I immediately think, WOW, does she look like what I think my aunt looks like. It is such a resemblance from the pictures I saw I was getting distracted. Anyway, they ask for a replacement plan for the microwave an before I walk away I asked the question. I was thinking, there is NO WAY. She lives an hour from here, I am on one of 30 registers. I thought, you know what? I’ll never see this customer again, so I guess I will just look crazy and ask the question.
"You look like somebody I know. Are you Marlene?"
She responds, “Yes.”
I blurt out, “YOU’RE MY AUNT!”
She just stares at me for a few seconds while this all sinks in. She says “OH MY GOD!” and after we talked for a minute gave me a big hug. I turned off my light for awhile to talk to her, I was so excited because I thought this day would never come, ever. Everything went so well, too! We are finally in contact for the first time in my almost 22 years of living. She started crying from happiness.
All of this, one of my biggest wishes in my life to meet that side of my family, happened at register 28 at Walmart.
…and I forgot to get them the replacement plan pamphlet because I was so excited….