My post for Day 3 of the Lunch Writing Challenge:
My usual lunch begins with clocking out at work. As soon as I clocked out, I called a friend to check on how his morning went. The plan was he was supposed to help in birthing a calf. However, this morning it had been snowing. Not the best conditions for orchestrating such a procedure. The mother had a broken leg. The plan was to save the unborn calf, while putting the mom out of her misery. I was told it was a success! Baby doing fine.
Next I went to the UPS store to mail water color paintings. While my daughter was home from college on Christmas vacation, she created several wonderful paintings. Now she needs them sent to the school by Monday. I enter the modest little store, notice the customer service person is busy helping someone, so I wait. Not a problem. I’m not in a hurry. I’m actually very relaxed. Then another customer comes in, then another and then another. I watched the store representative get more stressed. She rushed me along under the pressure. I am amazed at how quickly I became stressed. There is a lot of truth to picking up on other people’s energy. I was picking up on hers. It was contagious. Bless her heart. After I arranged for my daughter’s paintings to be boxed and mailed, I hurried for the car. My head is spinning. I handed over my daughter’s priceless original paintings in a packaging frenzy. All I can do is pray that they get to where they are going safely.
So, I go to the bank to deposit a check. She said she was glad I added my account number. Not because it was procedure or protocol or the rules. It was because she couldn’t read the handwriting that followed “Pay To The Order Of”. I guess she was relieved she didn’t have to ask me what it said. That made me smile. These are the small town moments I enjoy.
I head home, tummy growling. I turn to take the quick route and realize after I’m already committed to the turn that this road has a lot more snow than the other way. Oops. I head to THE HILL. Nope. I don’t think I’ll make it. Looks too slippery. I take a quick turn to the left on a side street. Wow. I haven’t gone this way in a long time. It’s beautiful! The scenery! The snow is deeper, the road has more curves, but the hill has a much better grade. I drive around through the snow and trees. It’s lovely and relaxing. Deep breath.
I pull into my driveway, which is 1/4 mile long. I come along side the pine trees which look flocked like at a department store at Christmas time. I laugh. This has got to be the first time that nature truly resembles flocking from a can. I stop and take a picture.
I pull into the garage, then go into the house. There is Halo, my faithful dog. She’s sitting on the entry way stairs. She’s so happy to see me. Here comes the cat. She has to have her attention too. I heat up some cold fried chicken and attempt to eat it and pack another package for my daughter. Fried chicken and packaging tape don’t mix well.
I go out to the store to buy more packaging tape. I help a friend with her groceries. Then I visit with another friend who is going through chemo for lung cancer. We visit and hug. I go into the store, grab some tape and some chocolate that is on sale. That will go great in the box with the other school supplies.
Out at the car, I add the chocolate to the box and finish taping it up. I go over to the post office and mail the package. Wow. This is 1/5 the cost of the package I just mailed an hour ago. Interesting. I get my mail and head home.
I pull into the garage, then go into the house. There is Halo, my faithful dog. She’s lounging at the top of the stairs. She’s so happy to see me. Here comes the cat. She has to have her attention too. I heat up some more cold fried chicken and … rest.
I’ve enjoyed reading the posts from the other bloggers in this project. I sure hope you are too. When I think of all the posts together, each with so many different stories, I’m reminded of this video, Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care. I hope you’ll watch. Below are the third batch of 50 of over 150 entries of other bloggers, so far. Visit the Lunch Writing Challenge page for the complete list.
- The Cigarette Break – Day One – Thoughts on How I Suck at Relationships with Females | An Upturned Soul
- DP Weekly challenge – Lunch post – A bit of mayo please. | Its all about a bit of this and that.
- Day 2: The Lunch Box | Abstractions of Life
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Memories Lost to Fading | Shawn’s Ramblings
- I woke up | In my world
- Lunch Posts: Lunch at Rural Hospital | Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student
- Dinner in the shadow of Shabbat. | jenny’s lark
- Momentary Observations: Aftermath of a Death | melanielynngriffin
- Chimichanga Line « eternal Domnation
- Wednesday, why don’t you meet me later? | Stories from aside
- DP Post – Lunch Post Challenge | You’re Certain About That – Writing Blog of Steven Erickson
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts #2 | imagination
- American Breakfast – Evelyne Holingue
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts | To Breathe is to Write
- It’s Lunch Time…Again | Life’s Unfiltered Ramblings
- Elevator Ride, Day 3/Lunch Posts | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
- HELP! I’m eating again and I can’t stop!! | the REmissionary
- The Appeal of Made in Vermont | A Really Full Life
- Lunch Post #3: Wednesday | Rescued Insanity
- Phones | Elements of Thought
- “Island Dreaming” | The Novice Gardener
- Lunch Post Challenge: Snowshoeing | CurlyQ
- Lunch post 3 part 1 | standinginthestorm
- Things I Saw At Lunch Today Part 4 | Fish Of Gold
- All in an Hour.. | Victoria.K.Gallagher
- Lunch, Take 2 | bethanyah
- On Any Given Lunch-hour | So Here’s Us…
- Dinner it is | Cat Over Clock
- Weekly challenge day 3: In the wet | helen meikle’s scribblefest
- Lunch Break Day 3: I Want an Iron Man Shirt | Stealing All the Sevens
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch post Day 3 | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
- My First Great Office Robbery | Breezes and Screams
- Lunch Post 1- written for the Dp challenge. | Window on my world
- Food Court | Intrinsic Musings
- The Cigarette Break – Day Two – Looking Backwards to Go Forwards | An Upturned Soul
- Lunch time writing challenge | CC
- DP Weekly challenge – Lunch Post – Oh my god, Kate is still in love with Kyle! | Its all about a bit of this and that……
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts #3 | imagination
- It’s noon somewhere – Joy and Woe
- 1.23.12 | TheIncaGypsy
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts – Wednesday | Musings
- Stretchy Haiku Thursday | Stories from aside
- Lifelong | Scribblings of a Wandering Mind
- Let me tell you about… inspiration [Melody #1] | Rob’s Surf Report
- The egotism of doing nice things [Mama #1] | Rob’s Surf Report
- Lunch, what?! | Holoholo Girls
- Final Semester – Lunch Post | Dandilyonz-4-U
- Lunch Post #4: A Moral Dilemma | Rescued Insanity
- Lunchtime Poems on Cold Days | The Silver Leaf Journal