I had to leave work early today. Because I have contracted some sort of cold/flu/plague. But, before I left work, I saw an older couple that made me eager for my time growing old with someone.
For a moment.
They were old enough to be my grandparents. And I loved the way she leaned in to hear what he had to say. She smiled at him so warmly and reached out to touch his arm when she was speaking to him.
At one point she laughed at something he said and grabbed his chin for a moment. Just a loving gesture that made me so eager for my future......so happy to be with someone so long in my life that I have them nearly memorized. :)
And then.......they came to the counter to check out.
Her: I'm ready.
Me: Okay. What was the name?
Her: (I've changed the names to protect the ruiner of my dream) Broomhilda.
Him: I have something too.
Her: His name is GivenUp. What did you bring up, GivenUp?
Him: I got an antique scale.
Her: No you didn't.
Him: Yes I did. I want it.
Her: No you don't. It looks dirty.
Him: It is very old.
Her: You don't want it.
Him: Yes I do.
Her: No you don't. I'm telling you that you don't want to bring that dirty thing into my house.
He looked at her for a long time. I stood there watching my "old people are so cute and I want to grow old with the man I love like this" dream die. He stared at her for long enough that I started to feel like I was interrupting a silent argument. But, he wasn't arguing with her.......
Him: Fine. I don't want it.
Me: Your total is ____
Her: Pay her.
And then she walked away to go look at some other items that caught her eye. I literally wanted to lean forward and ask GivenUp if he wanted to buy his scale while she wasn't looking.
*sigh* She didn't totally kill my dream. But, man...........I feel so bad for that man. I wish you could have seen him. We should all give him a mind hug.