You see, Colin is a person with different abilities. But what he may lack in critical thinking or math skills, he more than makes up for in personality. Colin is a charismatic fellow with a quick wit and awesome sense of humor. But he does like to talk. A lot. And sometimes that annoys customers when they just want to load their kitty litter and diapers into their trunk and haul ass because they are late for their kid's soccer game. I get it. But for those who take the time to listen to what Colin is saying, he will always make their day.
So, as I heard the guy getting gruff with my main man, I spoke up. SHOCKINGLY I wasn't a total bitch to the rude customer. I just said, "Hey, Colin! What's the joke of the day?" He replied, "Manti Te'o." I, of course, had no idea who he was talking about. Yeah. Colin is both cooler and smarter than me. The rude customer, on the other hand, knew who Manti was and started laughing. Colin had finally gotten through to him. The customer thanked Colin and left with a smile. And maybe a changed point of view. Colin is the bomb like that.
Once we were done checking out, I gave Colin a high five and my daughter and I went about our day. A day that was a little brighter because Colin and his endless jokes were a part of it.
The best part of this interaction? My daughter was a part of it. She saw me treat a person with kindness that others might treat like they were below them. I hope she learns that we treat all people with respect, regardless of their religion, sexual preference, age, race, abilities or economic status. Because everybody is somebody's baby. And they deserve to be treated like a person. Just like everyone else.
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