I greeted the friendly cashier, a grey-haired woman likely in her late sixties, and joked that the pajamas were for me. We laughed, and then I admitted they were for my mother, who has Parkinson’s disease.

“I hope you know how wonderful it is that you’re helping your mother,” the cashier said, adding, “We blink…then we’re old and our bodies betray us. All of which is why family is so important. We have to look after one another.”

“I agree,” I said with a smile. “So, this must be a crazy time of year for you…right?”

The cashier bagged the pajamas, handed me the receipt and said, “Oh sweetheart, this is a wonderful time of year. Sure, it’s busy, but I love seeing all the excited children. I giggle at the lost husbands, trying to find gifts. All of this reminds me of how blessed we are to have so much.”

“Yes, you’re right. We are blessed,” I said to this remarkable, upbeat, optimistic woman.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~Anne Frank

“Tell your mother I hope she enjoys those new pajamas, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season,” she said with a smile.

Walking out of Target, I couldn’t help but marvel at the cashier’s warmth, positivity, and cheerfulness. Amidst all those frantic shoppers and screaming kids, there was a woman who remained centred on the positive. It’s the goodwill and hope that this holiday season is all about.

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