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BILL SAMPSON: Interesting people

August 20, 2013

I was sitting on my porch enjoying the wonderful weather we have been having. My second cup of coffee was particularly good that morning. I was thinking about people. I mean, those people you see when you are out and about.
Some people you come in contact with you remember for quite some time. On the other hand, there are those people who stand out like a white wall and you cannot seem to recall them at all.
I was in a local store the other day and noticed how people move about the store. There are those people who pick up a shopping cart at the entrance to the store and immediately begin moving about the store in what I call the shopping cart shuffle. That is when the customer pushes the cart around the store with their forearms resting on the handle of the cart. They move about the store with a certain amount of grace, navigating the aisles with ease, all the while resting their forearms on the handle of the cart.
In the parking lot I have seen people cruising down the lane, looking for the closest parking space to the store. They will pass up a space In hope there is one closer to the store. When they do not find one closer they go up the next lane and end up parking in a space that is actually further away than the space they first passed up. Oh well, I suppose their efforts to find a close parking space satisfies their sense of adventure.
The interesting thing to me about the parking space searcher is they will eventually go into the store to do their shopping. Once there, they will probably walk far enough to cover the distance from the store to their vehicle several times over.
Some people I see in the store are apparently getting up in age and yet their movements and actions make them seem a lot younger. Then, on the other hand, there are people who look and act a whole lot older than they probably are.
Will Rogers had a few things to say about growing older. He said, “The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.” He also said, “One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.” And finally, he said, “If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.”
We are all different in some way. The interesting thing about people is there is always someone out there who can make life worth smiling about. Just watch the folks you come in contact with the next time you are out and about. I can almost guarantee you will find someone who will make your day. ‘Til next time, God bless.

Bill Sampson, a retired financial consultant, lives in the Cameron area. E-mail him at bills.front.porch@gmail.com.

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