It's coming up on St. Patrick's Day, and I always remember something that
happened years ago on this day.
A long time ago, I was working in Austin, and commuted back and forth from
San Antonio. I drove to Austin every day for a month, then finally got an
apartment in San Marcos (which was about half-way), and stayed there during
the week, and came home on the weekends.
I always looked forward to Fridays, when I drove home to relax. On the way
home though, I would stop in at a store in the Outlet Mall in San Marcos -
Sara Lee's - where I would pick up some food.
They had lasagna that was wonderful - and German chocolate cakes, and other
foods that were yummy.
One weekend - it was St. Patrick's Day (or very near it), I got to witness
the greatest improvisational comedy - it was wonderful!
This little 5-year old girl was there with her younger brother and her
parents (who were in the back of the store shopping). The store had open
chest freezers with frozen goods in them. The little girl came up to the
fella at the register and said, "My little brother is eating the ice.", as
she pointed to one of the freezers, and a small boy nearby.
"It's okay. It won't hurt him. It'll only turn his face green.", said the
cashier non-chalantly, as he continued ringing up my goods.
The little girl, startled - asked, "Is MY face green?" (Guess who else had
been eating the ice?)
"Naw", said the cashier, "It takes a while."
"Oh.", said the little girl with a small worried voice, as she walked away
to join her parents shopping.
I just shook my head and laughed, as I was paying for my groceries and said,
"I'm bored.", he replied as he shrugged and handed me my change and
groceries. (They hired a lot of college students to work at the shops
As I drove the rest of the way home, I could not help but wonder about this
little girl... her parents also driving down the highway, and her asking
them from the back seat, "Is my face green, yet?" - and they, not knowing
what had transpired earlier in that store.