Lovely!! Thank you for posting.
What a lovely essay. Made me smile.
When I got up to her, she fumbled something as she was bagging my order. She looked at me apologetically. I said "no problem, you're doing fine." Again she looked at me, and smiled, making a face of mock desperation.
I said "look, just relax." She allowed her shoulders to slump, and she sighed. Then I feigned alarm, and said "but not too much!"
She immediately snapped to attention, ramrod straight, shoulders back. Military style. She actually jumped just a little bit as she straightened up.
We both laughed as she finished ringing me up.
I'll never forget her. The whole exchange took no more than ten seconds.
I’m reminded of an Armand Hammer (Leftist billionaire apologist for the USSR) produced film BACKSTAGE AT THE KIROV about the famous ballet theatre and school in Leningrad. It showed ballerinas training, performing, backstage chatting, and walking the beautiful streets of Leningrad. But it did not show their apartments.
Communist party officials in that era had no toilet paper in their homes so the used paper from documents etc. There were no feminine hygiene products not even for dentists and doctors. So they used, washed, and reused rags or cloth.
And the stores had the ole three line system. Line up to select what you want and then line up to pay for what you want and then line up to receive what you paid for. Many would get in a line without knowing what the line is for assuming that it was something in stock that was in demand. Food stores were always out of many basics.
Absolutely wonderful and unique posting on FR, Kaslin!
Kudos to you and I hope you have a similar moment tomorrow.
But more than anything, this piece by Paul Greenberg couldn’t help but remind of one of my favorite movies of all time, which, inexplicably, I have been thinking about alot lately.
THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE, directed by the late Krzysztof
Kiewlowski/ SEE IT SEE IT SEE IT!
"You're pretty young, Mr. Thompson. A fellow will remember things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on a ferry and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in and on it, there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on - and she was carrying a white parasol - and I only saw her for one second and she didn't see me at all - but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl."
- Citizen Kane