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An international cultural alliance--at Walmart
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Posted to Thread #30499 at 9:08 pm on Sep 16, 2018
So I was pushing my cart along, giving my bad leg a workout, when I saw two women anxiously picking up--and putting down--and picking up again a can of Wondra flour. Since they were blocking the aisle and I needed sugar a few feet past them, I just waited.
Next they picked up a 5-pound bag of King Arthur Flour and put that back.
Then they picked up a 2-pound bag of White Lily self-rising flour and put that back.
All this time, one woman was punching stuff in her phone while the other woman kept shaking her head.
At first I thought they were checking prices, but then I thought they might need help. And me being nosy me, offered it.
Well, as it turned out, they spoke no English and I spoke no....middle Eastern something. I grew up in a household with grandmothers speaking Serbian, Ukrainian and Polish, so I recognized the sounds, but not the actual words.
Next started a game of "Pass The Phone"
She typed in something and it translated to nothing in English that I could figure out. So I asked for phone, she set it for English, and I typed in GRAVY. That translated to them, they understood, I pointed to Wondra and they shook their head NO.
So I said Cake?
Back to phone where I typed/translated the word CAKE and received a rousing YES in nod-language.
Next I picked up a 2 pound bag and a 5 pound bag and weight them like a seesaw, but they had no idea what I meant. So I typed in "Enough for ONE CAKE", let it translate, then held up the small bag.
Again the nodding YES of Approval.
Then we moved on to Baking Powder >> YES
Chocolate >> No
Vanilla >> No
Butter >> a different nod which we all took to mean they had it already.
Eggs >> ditto with this.
By the end, we were all smiling, I said Polskie? They said Czechoslovakia. I gave them a thumbs up. They gave me a thumbs up.
Who needs politics when all you want to do is bake a cake.
Jesus saves. Buddha recycles.
Other messages in this thread:
- 30499. An international cultural alliance--at Walmart - MarilynFL - 9:08pm on 09/16/18 (11)
- Terrific story Marilyn.....I am sure they will never forget your kindness and patience.... [NT] - GayR - 11:36pm on 09/16/18
- Thank you for sharing your story of kindness. This retired ESL teacher loved it. [NT] - Anna_X - 3:32pm on 09/17/18
- What a kind adventure! It reminds me of the following for some reason. . . (more) - mistral - 10:33pm on 09/17/18
- Love this! And gotta love technology at our finger tips to smooth the way. - LisainLA - 2:44pm on 09/18/18
- Great story! [NT] - CynUpstateNY - 10:51pm on 09/17/18
- boy-oh-boy do I love this story, thanks for sharing!! [NT] - MariaDNoCA - 1:29am on 09/18/18
- You are an amazing lady, Marilyn, loved this story. [NT] - KarenNoCA - 2:05am on 09/18/18
- Great work Marilyn. I too teach ESL and you prove how easy it is! [NT] - Janet in NC - 2:08am on 09/18/18
- my smile before bedtime [NT] - Marg CDN2 - 4:24am on 09/18/18
- Lovely, lovely, lovely [NT] - deb-in-MI - 11:26am on 09/18/18
- What Deb said! [NT] - AngAk1 - 8:30pm on 09/29/18