Yesterday I was at a Kohl’s department store ringing up some clothes at the cashier’s when an old man interrupted my transaction to ask that a person of a lost credit card he had found be paged through the store. He turned to me and said, “Never mind me. I’m just an old curmudgeon.” I looked him in the eye and replied, “Gee….I didn’t know old curmudgeons turned in lost credit cards. It seems to me that you must actually be pretty nice.”
Interestingly enough, this old “curmudgeon” began to blush! He turned three shades of red! It was like I had stripped away his facade and caught him in an act. His reaction took me by such surprise, and as he mumbled a very quiet “thank you,” I ducked out of the store for fear that I would cause further damage to him.
What a crazy exchange it was, and I couldn’t help but think about him as I drove away to continue on with my day. Why would this sweet old person want to be considered a curmudgeon when he clearly was not. Was it a defense mechanism? Did it make him feel powerful? I can only surmise.
Whatever the case may be, I’ve been thinking a lot about him, and so my song of the day is one that I just found when I looked up “cranky people songs” on Google. The Barenaked Ladies song “Angry People” is really perfect for this guy. It talks all about angry people and their negativity, but it also has a really upbeat and perky melody. The song, like the old man at Kohl’s, is a contradiction, and it, too, leaves me scratching my head. Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear it, and if you have any thoughts about my little interaction, feel free to comment, because I am truly puzzled. Why would anybody want to be something they are not? It just doesn’t make any sense.
My message to all of you today….be true to yourselves, because there’s no better way to be.