Monday, June 14, 2010

One of the Good-Byes

It's not the first, nor will it be the last, of the good-byes we will have to say here in Kansas, but perhaps it is the most unusual to cause sadness. I mean how many people are sad to say good-bye to their Wal-Mart. They are all over the place. The thing is, we weren't saying good-bye to our store, but Miss Bonnie.

Miss Bonnie is the greeter. She works every Monday morning, except for a month and a half when she was in the hospital. She always greeted the girls with a warm smile and yellow smiley face stickers, so I made it a point to learn her name and Kate did too. She kept tracking of the growing baby before he was born and since his arrival. A couple of weeks ago we let her know that we would be leaving, and today as we were leaving she gave each of the kids a present. They each got a really neat ball with glitter inside and the girls got flashcards too.

We found it very hard to build relationships when we first moved here, but Miss Bonnie has been a staple part of our week since we started shopping at this store shortly after it opened, after Gabriella was born. And she's a good reminder to always greet people with a kind word and a smile because I know how much she's meant to us.


Kim said...

Awww that's so sweet that she gave them gifts. Isn't it nice to know there are still genuine people out there. I know you all will miss her

KentuckyGam said...

That was sweet of her -- but we all know that Kate would make friends with anyone who was willing to be her friend! Hopefully that will serve her well in life. And her mother is a good example to her -- being friendly with the WalMart greeter among others and letting them know that they are appreciated and special.