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It's a good thing I'm not superstitious. Or am I? The last day of 2016 and first day of 2017 have been mixed with a concoction of unusual and odd circumstances. I couldn't even remember them all at this point, but there were enough eye-brow raising moments to conjure up thoughts like "Is this an indicator as to what this new year will be like?" to waft through my mind.
New Year's Eve had already been a bit nuts, but nothing compared to my wait in line at a local store. I should have known something about that particular line would be off when several customers in front of me were unable to have the tax taken off of their receipt for exemption purposes. The poor chashier had tried everything, finally calling over a manager to help, who was also unable to remedy the situation. Then the trend continued: products dropped off of the line, money fell out of the cashier's hand and she had to hunt for it, etc. until my turn came up. She picked up my peanut butter, ran it across the scanner and breathed out in frustration as the computer informed her that there was no such product at the store. Exasperated, she went to grab her information card that hangs above the register so that she could type in the code, but stopped when her hand reached the bare metal pole.
"Where's my card?"
"Seriously? Who took my card?" She looked at me, shaking her head. I couldn't help but chuckle. This whole normal checkout procedure was turning into a main event. Running over to the next line, she took note of the code, ran back and began to type it in. Probably because she was unnerved, she couldn't remember it completely, so she quickly ran back to get it again.
She continued on with the few products that I had when she scanned a frozen item and started to bag it. Suddenly, the scanner starting beeping, ringing up that same product 7 more times. She stared at me with her eyes opened wide. I couldn't take it at that point. I felt so sorry for her but could not stop the laugh that escaped me.
"Why are you laughing?" Instantly, I felt guilty, and I explained that I had to laugh because it was just too funny. To my relief, she started to laugh with me. She tried to ring up the frozen item again, only to find that she had to void 4 more scans.
"I think you have a phantom line," I said, knowing I wasn't telling her something she didn't already know.
"I really need to go home!!" she agreed.
We chatted about her crazy day so far as she went to reach for some of the final products on the line. As her hand reached to down to pick up a green pepper, she froze, her eyes the size of saucers. My eyes were probably the size of dinner plates as I looked at my once perfect pepper, now neatly sliced down the middle, both sides lying on belt.
"If I were you, I would leave right now and go home," I managed in a whisper.
"Yeah," was all she could say.
We finished up and I walked away, but not before I said a quiet prayer for her and her "phantom line."
I know that we all have strange days like that, but the odd and unusual continued to occur the next day, including the bizarre entanglement of my son's drone in my hair, as well as the highly unlikely event of an unexpected hatching of chicks in our coop as we were leaving to spend time with family for the day. After we had set them up in the house with heat, food and water, we left - late, of course.
As I said, thoughts of our upcoming new year kept passing through my mind, and I mentioned one of these thoughts to my daughter in the car, only half-joking.
So much for not being superstitious! Hearing my thoughts out loud, I felt embarrassed. Having just celebrated the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, I knew that all things that happen are known by our Great God, and all things have their purpose, even the weird and unexplainable.
Our beautiful Mother understands this all too well! Talk about going through weird and unusual things! I need to be more like her - docile to workings of the Holy Spirit, accepting and approaching all things in my life with the eyes of love and faith.
These last two days have been good wake-up calls for me. I hope I can remember this as the inevitable odd and unusual happen throughout the coming year! :)
And I truly pray that our Blessed Mother inspires you and our Great God blesses you in this new calendar year of 2017!!
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