“We knew something was happening, but we didn’t know what. But there were still decent people.”

But the one thing that I always remember when I think about that day is that, when I got in line to check out there were two people in front of me who had just giant carts overflowing with stuff. They were full. I mean it would have taken a long time to unload the cart and it was just they were overflowing. And they both kind of — they saw me get in line, they looked at each other and there was some sort of unspoken thing. I don’t think they knew each other. I don’t think they came in together, but then they looked at me and said “you don’t have a cart, do you want to just go in front of us and you can check out? You don’t have to wait for us to you know with all of our stuff.” And that was sort of in times of chaos, in times of panic people tend to be just focused on themselves and their families and just wanting to do enough to get by or not get by but to survive and protect the ones they love. So, selflessness and kind of just that kind of thing doesn’t really cross your mind sometimes and it’s not a bad thing, it’s a self-preservation thing. And I always think about that and it’s a perfect example of humanity and human decency because they didn’t have to do that. I was perfectly content with standing in line and waiting for them. You know, that’s what happens. You just get in line and you have to wait for the people in front of you. And they didn’t have to let me, you know, cut the line and go in front of them, but they did. And I always tried to remember that. I was always trying to be grateful for what I had and grateful that I had my partner with me and then eventually our dog. And I think that those times are extremely important to always remember and cherish and to always try to remember that you’re not the only one going through something, whether it’s the same something or not, we all collectively experienced and are currently experiencing this pandemic, but we didn’t know it was going to be a pandemic on March 13th. We knew something was happening, but we didn’t know what, but there were still decent people and kind people and yet they only let me cut the line. You know, that’s not that big of a deal. They didn’t save my life or anything. But still that’s extremely important and it’s something that I think I will always remember as you know, just a pay it forward type thing.

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