the fellow who calls me for my grocery order was telling me about some changes in the way their organization does things. Instead of the order takers having to sift through the entire inventory of the big box store to find one item, they are issuing a catalog listing the products available for ordering. While that may limit some of my selections, it will make it easier and faster to place an order. I am not concerned. Oldest Son calls me maybe once a week while on his way home from work to see if I need anything, so if I can't order something I want, I'm pretty certain he will pick up anything I need.
Normally I place a grocery order every two weeks, but what with getting the order taker's computers changed over to the new catalog program and getting a new delivery schedule set up, it will be one month before I order groceries again. Chuck (my order taker) wanted to know if the delay would be a problem for me, and then he started to laugh. When I asked him what was so funny, he replied that he had been taking my grocery orders for quite some time now and he knew my grocery buying habits. He said he was pretty sure that my pantry was well stocked enough to see me through longer than just a month. He told me that he had changed the way he and his wife shop largely because of our conversations about the way I shop for groceries. It is gratifying to know that there are still folks out there who can see the benefits of a deep pantry.
The new schedule will give me a new order taker. I am going to miss talking with Chuck every other Monday evening. I know the sound of his wife's voice from hearing her in the background. I know that his little dog waits until he is on the phone before barking at squirrels outside their window. He has asked me how to can hamburger and I now have his recipe for sour dough starter. He left messages of concern when I didn't answer my phone while I was in the hospital. I worried about him when I found out he had a broken hip after a fall on the ice.
It is reassuring to know there are still good people out there in the midst of all the hate and discontent and insanity surrounding us. It is possible to develop friendships with folks you haven't met in person.
Kind of like those I have met right here on this silly little blog.