Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor’s Blog 1/28/18

“Words Can Get Us Into Trouble”

A grocery clerk was asked by a lady if she could buy half a head of lettuce. He replied, “Half a head? That would be very difficult—lettuce grows as whole heads, so that’s how we sell them.”  “You mean,” she persisted, “that after all these years I’ve shopped here, you won’t sell me a half a head of lettuce?”  The man paused to consider her request and then offered to ask the manager on her behalf. Smiling with appreciation, the woman watched the young man go to the front of the store and ask for the manager.  The young man had to wait a minute before the manager was available to talk, but then he said, “You won’t believe this, but there’s a lamebrained lady back there who wants to know if she can buy half a head of lettuce. What do you say?”  As he spoke, the clerk noticed the manager gesturing for him to stop. Realizing he was nudging him to be aware of what was behind him, he turned around and saw the lady standing right there. Instead of waiting, she had decided to go find out the answer for herself.  The young clerk simply turned back to the manager and said, “And this nice lady was wondering if she could buy the other half.”  Later in the day, the manager approached his young clerk and asked him where he had learned to think on his feet so quickly. Grateful the clerk had saved a customer through his way with words, the manager wanted to know where he had acquired such a skill.  “I grew up in Grand Rapids,” the man stated. “And if you know anything about Grand Rapids, you know it’s known for its great hockey teams and its ugly women.”