“Checkout” girl – small stone 4

Your face is tanned, eyes made up. You smile as I unload my basket of shopping.
“Do you need any bags today”?
You scan the purchases and wait as I pack my items.
“Do you have a car park ticket, or a loyalty card?”
“Please enter your PIN”
“And now remove your card”
You meet my eyes.
“Have a good weekend” you say.
You turn to the next person in the queue.

I wonder how many times you will repeat the same phrases today?

20140104-101824.jpgphoto from Telegraph

Today’s writing prompt was about observing someone without judgement. Not easy! I found myself using the old “describing” words. For instance “fake tan” and “wait patiently” had to be edited out, because I realised they were based only on my perceptions of the person in front of me. Perhaps it was a “ski-ing” tan, perhaps she was inwardly swearing at my slowness!
As I searched for a photo on the Internet (I don’t take my camera with me when I’m shopping) I found a whole new insight into life from the perspective of the check out. Click here to read more. We can learn so much from suspending judgement and simply observing.

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