One of the benefits of frequent travel is the ability to shop at my favorite stores- including Trader Joe's. Last night, after appointments, I raced to make it to the Easton store before it closed. Score! Trader Joe's has more of the foods that I can eat, and special healthy treats that my kids enjoy. Plus, we don't have anything like it in our area.
In record time, I had filled my wish list and made it to a register within four minutes of closing. Now had this been Walmart, there would have been no conversation. But the pastel-teal haired man that rang me out was more of a comedian than a cashier. And I loved every minute of it.
So I stood there in a shirt that clearly said "Animal Communicator". And that never came up. Who knew? However, I mentioned that I had an hour drive home, so the cold stuff might melt.... And he gasped.... "An HOUR???" I must've looked surprised. "yes", I answered. "An hour, and I didn't want to miss a chance to stop here". He looked puzzled. "So you live where there are cows... and stuff?" He asked
I laughed. "Yes. Cows. I have cows. Ben and Jerry. For real." He obviously never in a million years thought I would say that. Or maybe thought that I was pulling his leg. So the tables were turned on this cashier/comedian, who didn't know what to say next, other than "you really have cows?"
So yes, I have cows. And a pony, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, dogs, and cats. The hens make breakfast for us each day, and we enjoy our morning coffee watching grazing deer in the fields nearby. I wouldn't change it for a concrete life any day, though I respect those who choose an urban dwelling or a subdivision.
What's the lesson here? Be open to new things, and talk to people. You never know what you might learn. Above all, don't judge. We have alot to learn from each other. Have you ever had an experience like this? Stepped out of your comfort zone?
Jen Ortman, owner of Holistipet (LLC) is a Professional Animal Communicator, Animal Reiki Master Teacher, author, and speaker.