Friday, March 3, 2017
The Need To Apologize
Yesterday, we went to the bank first. I had deposits to do, transfering of money from one account to another, money orders and double checking on my tax refund. It didn't seem like it took a lot of time but I found myself turning at one point to the gentleman behind me and apologizing for having so much to do. He smiled and said "no problem". He also looked a bit confused as to why I apologized. I don't know why I did it, I just did.
At the grocery store the same thing happened. I shop only once a month therefore I have lots of groceries. On top of that, I have become a coupon clipper since retiring. Now, I am not an extreme coupon clipper. I do not carry around an entire book filled with coupons. I mainly have about 15 to 20 with me when I shop. However, after the woman checked my groceries thru and I handed her my coupons, I felt the need to turn to the woman standing behind me in line and offer my apologies for taking so long. She smiled at me with the same confused look as the man at the bank. When the man bagging my groceries offered to push the cart out to the pick up lane for me, I thanked him and then apologized to him saying, "this is what happens when you only shop once a month".
My husband finds all this apologizing I do very amusing and in the past has asked why I do it. But after 43 years of marriage, he has stopped asking. He chalks it up to "Ellen being Ellen". I don't know why I do it. Most of the time, I don't notice I have done it until after the words are out of my mouth. But I suppose I could be saying something worse so I am not going to worry about it.
Posted by Ellen Fassbender