Why begin a blog with a greeting to a supermarket. It is quite easy, I spend most of my tourist life in the supermarket. Switzerland has supermarket chains, the largest being Co-Op and Migros. My visits are usually to the Migros in the Swiss village of Langendorf which is easily reached by car and is one of the big ones. Originally the building was a watch machinery making place, but was converted to a large supermarket many years ago – I remember it happening. So this place is almost my second home, and then yesterday morning something happened.
Of course you get to know the people that work there, especially those that serve – either the butchers department, where stuff is also sold over the counter, or the assistants that fill up the shelves, who you can ask where certain items are if you cannot find them. You get to know the staff, they get to know you. Their names are pinned to their overalls. After many years of weekly visits, they know me. “Good morning Mrs. Angloswiss/Mr. Swiss” is a normal greeting. It is a good place to shop, everything organised and you know where to find the goods you need – at least normally. It sometimes happens that golden oldies Mr. and Mrs. Angloswiss cannot find what they want, because someone somewhere decides to change the organisation and the usual spaghetti you need might be lower in the shelf. Sometimes it might be that something is not available, delivery problems.
However after making your selection you arrive at the cash desk. My son worked for this supermarket for 4-5 years as a Saturday and holiday job when he was studying at the university, so in a way I also got to know the ladies at the cash desk. I even have a few online friendships with them through Facebook where my blogs are crossposted.
So imagine my delight and surprise when one of cash desk ladies spoke to me yesterday morning about reading my blogs and finding them quite good. She does not speak english, but there is a translation possibility in Facebook, so she gets the idea of what I write. She made my day, as they all do really. Perhaps there are days when they are not so happy, but we customers also have our off days. Things do not always run as they should, a normal part of daily life. You cannot be happy all the time, but most of the time. My excursions to the supermarket are a pleasure, a meeting with familiar faces. So today this blog is a sort of homage, dedication and thankyou for the smiles, greetings, and work of the friendly ladies in the supermarket. They have become part of my external “family” over the years.
Today is not a supermarket day, that was yesterday, so I will be occupied with my housework, like cleaning a bathroom and taking the vacuum cleaner for its daily walk. I was thinking about a walk this afternoon, but probably it will remain a thought, as it is raining. Walking in the rain with a cane is not fun. I have no room to carry an umbrella as the free hand is necessary for the camera. However, I am sure I will find something else to do – write a blog for a change.
Have a nice day everyone, make the most of it, as a golden oldie every day is an event, whether you visit the doctor, the hairdresser, or the supermarket – just make the most of it.