Have you ever noticed how news sites and other media malarkey is full of *big* people?
People the world considers “important”?
Have you ever met anyone famous? Were you in awe?
What have they done for you?
I’m grateful everyday for the “little” people in my life. People who aren’t rich. Aren’t famous. Aren’t super clever or influential. People who just make me feel good every time I see them.
There’s a guy at my local Wegmans. His name is Peter. He brings the carts in from the parking lot. Minimum wage, out in all weathers, dealing with all the people who are too “important” to return carts or take out candy wrappers they chuck in there. You know who I mean. People who probably don’t even notice my little guy. (He’s actually quite a bit taller than me but then, so are most people. Stop interrupting!)
I’ve seen him out there on sweltering hot days, in pouring rain, snow, wind.. I’ve seen him with frost on his moustache and his hair wet with exertion. He’s always smiling. He rushes to help people, he takes such a pride in being trusted to do a good job. He beams when he sees me and comes rushing over to help me load my car. I nag him to drink water in summer and dress warmly in winter. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy our little quick chats. He’s offered to help me when he’s been about to go for his break or to go home. Truthfully- a trip to Wegmans is flat if I don’t see my little pal. He always makes me feel important. He’s important to me because he brightens my days.
He makes me think of all the other people I look forward to. Several of the cashiers in Wegmans are also a pure pleasure. I feel a surge of joy when I see them at the desk when I’m checking out. Then there’s people at the library, in my bank- I love going to my bank. The staff are the best ever! The school crossing guard near my house, the lovely waitresses at our local Denny’s who are always so delightful. Truthfully, we go back because of them, not the food. Even the toll guard at my local throughway exit is always smiling and telling me to be careful and have fun. Seeing them makes my day brighter. As do all of you here for me too.
Thank you for being a bright spot in my life. Thanks for all the joy you’ve brought me. You make each day special.
Big people don’t change the world but little people do every day.
One heart at a time.