Ever have one of those moments where you cross paths with someone you were attracted to years ago, but, at that moment, you can’t remember who they are or where you know them from. I’m sure we’ve all had that one person in our life that we wanted to get to know more but were too afraid, at the time, to ask.
I remember way back in college when I would eat lunch almost every day at the local K-Mart diner because I liked the waitress (back when we called them waitresses) that worked there. I ended up spending several hundred dollars on burgers and fries over several months and never got up the nerve to ask her out.
Well, that happened to me today, I think. But this time I saw it from a couple years down the road. I was shopping at one of the stores here in Red Deer and when I got up to the cashier she seemed familiar to me. I tried to think of where I knew her from and at the end of the transaction I hesitated. I said “sorry, I just get the feeling like I know you from somewhere”. Well, she said the same thing. Neither of us could recall where we had seen the other, but unlike before now I know her name and she knows mine. Apparently she has worked in several places in the past, and mentioned Walmart, but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t it.
It wasn’t until after I left, and subsequently returned to look at an item I forgot to check out (and no way in heck I’m paying $25 for something that is only $7 at Walmart) that I remembered who she might be.
A couple years ago, when I first moved to Alberta, I used to buy my gas in Rocky Mountain House. I now buy my gas in Red Deer for two reasons. The first, economical; gas always seems to be cheaper in Red Deer and with my card from Esso I get an extra 1-1/2 cents off (paid 80.9c per litre yesterday, sweet!). The second reason is because my regular clerk left the gas station I frequented in Rocky. She was always friendly, great looking and, well, human. I remember the one time I went in there she shared a video she was watching on YouTube. In the video an elderly woman was crossing the street and some guy in a sports car leaned on his horn at her. Well the old lady turned and started beating on the car with her cane or something. It was priceless. Yeah, totally unrelated to this overall story, but you remember things like that when you either like the person showing you or you like the overall environment you were viewing it in. Just think of all the Christmas movies you remember and you get what I mean on the latter.
So anyways, when she left, for whatever reason, I think I might have bought gas there maybe a half dozen more times at the most. It didn’t feel the same without her there and let’s face it I was only spending 2 cents more per litre to see her smiling face behind the till. The sad thing is, as luck will have it, today we went our separate ways and I have my doubts I will see her again.
It’s those moments that we fail to leap that we trip on years later.
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