Skywatch Friday: An Ordinary Day
Just an ordinary night around. Dell, the pups, and I were cycling back from the park when I saw this and just had to stop.
Speaking of ordinary, the episode below captures an ordinary experience I had at Wal-Mart recently. I was going to post it separately, and that got me to thinking about why I would do that. These Wal-Mart moments happen on days framed by the most incredible of sunrises and sunsets, so why not put them there? To say this weird moment does not belong with this brilliant one is to miss the point of living through the day, I think. It is all, after all, good.
“Mama, she’s getting a flat screen TV,” a girl of 11 or 12 years points to the TV lying on the bottom of my shopping cart in the checkout line at Wal-Mart. She is waiting with her family in line behind us.
Her mother mutters something about seeing it, too.
I empty the stuff in my cart onto the counter.
“You pay for that TV?” the girl asks me, perhaps curious about why I haven’t loaded it onto the counter, too.
“Yes ma’am,” I smile as I answer the girl. "When the fellow back there brought it out from the storeroom, I paid for it.”
“That ain’t half the size of the one my daddy wants,” she tells me.
“That’s right,” her daddy leans into the conversation, resting on the edge of the counter and leaning over the items I am trying to purchase. “The one I want, you can see from any room in the house and you won’t miss a thing. One I want’s real big—not like your’n.”
I smile, not knowing how to respond, and turn toward the cashier. They put their king-sized Reese’s peanut-butter cups and Snickers bars on the counter and wait for their turn.
Their dreams are bigger than my reality. Any day.