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The joys of shopping locally

Posted: June 12, 2011 - 9:38am

The other day, I was in need of some cabinet hinges, and headed for Soldotna Hardware. I looked around for the little man that always helps me there, but didn’t see him. So, thinking that the hinges would be in the nail and pipe section of the store, I proceeded to go up and down a couple of isles. As I made the turn down the third isle, I saw a sales person at the end. I notice that she was talking to someone at the time and I figured that by the time I walked to the end of the aisle, I could get her to tell me where to find the hinges.

When I got to the end of the aisle, I could see that she was talking to a young man between 11 and 14 years old. I stopped and waited for their conversation to end. In the next moment, the boy turned around and we made eye to eye contact. A very surprised look came over his face. His face finally lit up and he said “Hi Grandma,” walked the two necessary steps and gave me a big hug.

I am a bit slow, but recovered enough to say “are you my Grandson?” You never know these days.

He took a step back and said “you look just like my Grandma”, and turning around, he shook his head and said, “isn’t that funny, she looks just like my Grandma.”

Somewhere out there in the Soldotna area is a Grandmother who has a wonderful Grandson who loves you very much, and gives wonderful hugs. I’m sure there are a lot of Grandmother’s out there like that, but this one looks like me.

Thanks for listening,

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