Seriously, one really never knows who’s going to pop up. Or where they’re gonna do it. Or what they’re going to do once they do their popping-up.
Here’s my Wednesday afternoon parking lot adventure, complete with random people!
On my slo-mo jaunt from So. Cal. to the PNW, I decided to stop in Redding (No. Cal.) to get gas for my car. And then I thought I needed to buy something. I don’t even know what it was I was intent on getting but after I left the gas station in the south end of town, I plugged “Trader Joe’s” into my iPhone Maps app and sure enough, there was one a couple of miles away.
And yes, I soon found myself driving down the road heading for T. Joe’s. No idea why. I have enough food in my vehicle to last me weeks, if not months. Maybe not the most balanced diet, but the food in my car would sustain me for awhile. So what the hell do I need at TJ’s? Heck. I don’t know.
But off I went anyway.
After my shopping excursion (and yes, I found plenty of stuff to buy, including some spicy California rolls for dinner tonight 😀 ), I was pushing my cart back out to my car when the vehicle parked on the right side of mine looked like it was backing out. Back-up lights on, vehicle inching backwards. Yes, they’re certainly backing out. I waited with my shopping cart on the other side of the “driving aisle” for it to back up out of its parking spot. (I’ve learned my lesson: don’t walk behind vehicles that are backing up. *I* don’t do it… but I hate it when other people walk behind my car when I’m backing up. “What. You can’t see that I’m moving in your direction and ready to run you over? I guess not.” So I don’t do it to other people, if I can help it.) But it didn’t back all the way out. It started to pull back in. It was just repositioning itself in the adjacent parking spot. So I walked across the “driving aisle” and stood at the back of my car, waiting for the person who was driving to open their door and get out before I pushed my cart into the space between us to unload my bags.
Out pops a brilliantly adorned person! Bright pink hair! Wonderful creative clothing style! Fantastic large-rimmed glasses on her face! Of course, I just had to comment on her hair: I loved it! Loved it!
She said thanks and commented on my purple shirt, saying she liked the purple. Then she walked on like she was going into Trader Joe’s.
Only, a second later, she’s back at my cart, next to my car, between our two vehicles, telling me that she was supposed to pray today for someone wearing a purple shirt… and would it be okay if she prayed for me?
Of course, I said yes! (I personally don’t think one can get enough prayer, or blessings, or positive energy, or whatever you want to call it; I’ll take all I can get 🙂 ) She, and her friend who was with her, spent the next couple of minutes praying for me and raising blessings up. Right there in the parking lot! Don’t ya just love it?! It was a delightful few minutes of serendipity, and after a couple of pics and hugs all the way around, we left, smiling big huge smiles on our faces, they heading into Trader Joe’s and me getting in my car and driving away.
Nothing quite like an unexpected meet up in a parking lot, is there? Have you ever had an experience like that? Have you ever come across someone that you just knew you were supposed to say something to? Someone you didn’t know, maybe you were in line with them at the post office or they were a cashier in the grocery store? Someone you were “supposed to pray for,” say an extra nicety to, bless in your own way?
These two were a hoot! Thank you, Kori and Maika… you made my day!
Keep those great smiles, precious laughter, and amazing energy going, everybody – we never know when the person we speak to is the one who needs it the most. Follow that little voice in your head and I’ll do the same.
What a serendipitous bunch of fun life is 😀
For my part, I’m still smiling!
PS. If you see these two out there in a parking lot somewhere, tell them I said hi!