I picked up Auntie Joy on Monday to run errands with me. And just like going anywhere with Auntie, it was an adventure.
Remember, this is the woman who calls Magnum P.I. "Magnesium P.I." and referred to Tom Selleck as "Tom Seltzer".
And I just love hanging out with her.
Our first stop was the local drugstore, where I had to pick up prescriptions for three of us (one battling strep throat, one battling migraines and one battling everything else - that would be my mother-in-law). Anyway, I've hinted before how difficult it is to go anywhere in this town without running into every Tom, Dick and Harry that I went to preschool with - well, it's even worse for Auntie.
In other words, she's an old timer.
She's lived here waaaaaay longer than I have. Not that it's a bad thing, because it isn't - and I would not trade our Little Pink Houses life here in this small town for all the wonders of the world. Neither would Auntie. We like it. We like the smallness. We like the community. We just like it.
So there we were, waiting in the check out line with our Sucrets and People magazines and prescriptions when she strikes up a conversation with the ladies in front of us.
[Very Jane* of her]
I was distracted by the refillable butane lighters and all the other impluse items placed near the registers to suck every last dime from the customers who pass through when, before I know it, she's hugging the younger of the two - who is smiling a big sloppy smile over Auntie's shoulder at me.
I smiled back.
Then, she goes in for the mother of the lady she had just hugged.
And she hugged her too.
Again, I received a smile and big grin. I'm not exaggerating when I say that you could feel the happiness in our little corner of the drugstore at that very moment in time. It was palpable. It was obvious. It was simple and easy and just, plain HAPPY.
I paid for my things, told the clerk to "have a nice day," like I always do and out the sliding doors we went to find my car.
"Did you know those ladies?" I asked her.
I think the world could use a few more Aunties in it.
*Jane is my mom. It's a fact in our family that she is famous for talking to strangers in grocery stores. The reference is used in nothing but love and respect. I mean, we're taught from the time we can hear not to talk to strangers, but wouldn't it be horrible if we actually never did? Thanks mom and Auntie, for being rule breakers. The world is a better place because you're in it.