First, let me say that this post is not what you might think, its not about the heartbreak from a relationship with, but rather with someone that you and even i would have never expected. From what i have written in the past you would believe that i hate all the customers that step into Ralphs, however that is not the case. Occasionally there will be people that come through my line that are just a pleasure to have, people that intrigue me, people that have a story to tell or an experience to share (maybe those are the same things), and last but not least people that are just able to change your outlook on life (positively of course) just by being themselves. For the most part, i could care less about what customers think about me, or whether or not they have a favorite cashier to go through every time they come to the store, but when you have a complete stranger/customer tell you that they enjoy coming through your line or just talking to you its……. surprising. From that moment on i would say that a friendship has started… from that point on every time they enter your store you pay special attention to them that you wouldn’t do with customers (maybe its wrong to give more attention but that is just the way it is). I wouldn’t go as far to say that you look forward to seeing those customers, but rather you look forward to the next conversation with them. However, you would never think that your next conversation would deal with one of you dying…. and im not talking about me. This lady that i have been talking to the passed two months or so has just told me that she has cancer. When i first heard the news i didn’t know what to say but “im sorry” i was so shocked that i just wanted to change the subject and not think about it. As she left the store it was all i could think about. The lady that was once full of life now looks frail and beaten, and it breaks my heart to know that i can do nothing about it. Its flattering (probably the wrong word to use) to know that someone you barely started to know can tell you something that is so personal, you begin to think that what if one day they stop coming in… it wouldn’t be because they had a bad experience and that they would start shopping somewhere else, but because that they are no longer with us. I know that death is a part of life, but i would never wish for someone to go out this way. I hope that she still has some fight left in her because its not over until its over (i know… cliche) and I don’t know the specifics of her situation and im not sure if i even want to know. From now on i will hope to see her again, to have another conversation with her because it might just be our last one.