A real-life experience in Athens, Ohio.
"Good morning! Here's a cart sir!" Thelma Sue greeted me
"Good morning to you Sue. Are you ready for
"I'm not sure?" She asked her brow quizzically
"Sweetest Day is on Saturday. I figured that you
"You don't say, young man? Saturday? are you
"I've never heard of such a thing! It sounds nice,
please tell me more."
"Sweethearts, lovers, boyfriends & girlfriends,
that's what it's all about."
Now I'm questioning the timing, the exact date and my
memory seriously in doubt.
"Sue, can you point me to the greeting cards? Knowing
Hallmark will help me out.
To my chagrin, nary a card in sight, no chocolates or
gifts, as I scan the shelves throughout.
Quickly to the jewelry counter I head, assuming that
they'll know and calm all my fears,
The fear that if I missed it, she'll be hurt,
while I'll be reminded for many, years.
I expected to see diamonds literally flying out the
door, but that was not the case.
A girl named Jen behind the counter, was also clueless ,
with a sadness on her face
"That's news to me, sir. But if so, my man better come
At this point, your man and I have every reason to be
I grab the attention of a woman nearby, looking at some
Her cart already loaded down with values, looking for
one more thing.
"Ma'am? Can I ask you a quick question?" My unshaven
face making her flinch a bit.
The honor of a couple of men hang in the balance, I move
forward, she backs away while asking, "Well, what is
"Is sweetest day on Saturday? October the
"I've heard of it, yes I have, and if it'so, my spouse
better bring me some bling."
"I have a phone and I can make a call to someone who
will know." We'll just see!"
She dials, I hear it ringing, she looks over and mouths
to me," it's my mother in Tennessee"
She's nodding as she's talking, in obvious
"It's tomorrow. Yes it is!" Her eyes start searching for
My dilemma far from over . I profusely thank her for her
A simple gesture has turned into a local incident.
Forgetful partners In Athens Ohio, I started a line.
What to get? Candy? No. Flowers yes, but not the real
Silk flowers of course, as they will last forever to
remind my sweetie and myself,
That October 16th every year, is Sweetest
day, and how much she means to me.
I won't forget the Wal-Mart in Athens, the nice people
and a mother in Tennessee.