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Grocery Store Angel

Updated on January 16, 2009

found this some-where G-Ma :O)

I walked into the grocery store not particularly interested in buying groceries. The pain of losing my husband of 57 years was still too raw. And this grocery store held so many sweet memories.

He often came with me and almost everytime he'd pretend to go off and look for something special. I knew what he was up to. I'd always spot him walking down the aisle with the three yellow roses in his hands.

He knew I loved yellow roses. With a heart filled with grief, I only wanted to buy a few items and leave, but even grocery shopping was different since he had passed on.

Shopping for one took time, a little more thought than it had for two.

Standing by the meat, I searched for the perfect small steak and remembered how he loved his steak.

Suddenly a woman came beside me.She was blonde, slim and lovely in a green pantsuit. I watched as she picked up a large package of T-bones, dropped them in her basket...hesitated, and then put them back. She turned to go and once again she reached for the pack of steaks.

She saw me watching her and she smiled. 'My husband loves T-bones, but honestly, at these prices , I don't know'.

I swallowed the emotion down my throat and met her pale blue eyes.

'My husband passed away eight days ago', I told her. Glancing at the package in her hands, I fought to control the tremble in voice.'Buy him the steaks. And cherish every moment you have together'.

She shook her head and I saw the emotion in her eyes as she placed the package in her basket and wheeled away.

I turned and pushed my cart across the length of the store to the diary products. There I stood, trying to decide which size milk I should buy. A Quart, I finally decided and moved on to the ice cream. If nothing else, I could always fix myself an ice cream cone.

I placed the ice cream in my cart and looked down the aisle toward the front. I saw first the green suit, then recognized the pretty lady coming towards me. In her arms she carried a package. On her face was the brightest smile ! I had ever seen. I would swear a soft halo encirlced her blonde hair as she kept walking toward me, her eyes holding mine.

As she came closer, I saw what she held and tears began misting in my eyes.'These are for you', she said and placed three beautiful long stemmed yellow roses in my arms.'When you go through the line,they will know these are paid for'. She leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on my cheek, then smiled again. I wanted to tell her what she'd done,what the roses meant,but still unable to speak, I watched as she walked away as tears clouded my vision..

I looked down at the beautiful roses nestled in the green tissue wrapping and found it almost unreal. How did she know? Suddenly the answer seemed so clear. I wasn't alone.

Oh, you haven't forgotten me,have you ? I whispered, with tears in my eyes. He was still with me, and she was his angel.

Every day be thankful for what you have and who you are.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings. Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible. thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising. Thank you, Lord that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud.

Thank you, Lord, for my family. there are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in the magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced. Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work .There many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.

Thank you, Lord, for life.

A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift. A friend is someone to treasure.

For friendship is a gift. A friend is someone who fills our lives with Beauty, Joy and Grace and makes the world we live in a better and happier place.

God Bless You and Yours....G-Ma :O) hugs


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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Elsa La Caille-Rahaman

      So am I thanks for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Elsa La Caille-Rahaman 

      7 years ago

      This is so encouraging. I am glad I took the time to read it.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      alekhouse...Thank you my dear...sorry for the tears but sometimes they help...:O) hugs G-Ma

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I'm so glad I found this hub through the suggestion of another hubber. It is heart-rending and delightful. I cried through most of the beginning, but by the time I got to the end my heart was overflowing. Thank you so much.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Awwww I am sure you do my dear... Merry Christmas...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      This is so beautiful! Thank you for bringing tears to my eyes and love to my heart. I will cherish all I have! :D

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      esocial.. Thank you for visiting an old hub..and I so loved this one too..It is all so true and most of us are very fortunate...actually I enjoyed reading this again..a good reminder of how lucky a lady I am..God Bless You my let me wipe your tears...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

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      10 years ago from California

      Beautiful! Grabbing tissues :)

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free was a very good thing you did to recognize what could be done to help him...And I am proud that you said so..Good Job..G-Ma :o) hugs

      debby..This is so true...thanks for your comment my dear G-Ma :o) hugs

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      10 years ago from WASHINGTON

      that is so sweet and goes to show you he will always be with you.

    • Athlyn Green profile image

      Athlyn Green 

      10 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi G-ma,

      A nice Hub and one that gives us all room to meditate on the beauties of life.

      I remember being in a music store and listening to a young fellow playing a guitar. I could see the longing in his eyes for the instrument. He related that he didn't think his wife would approve . . . but he played the guitar so wonderfully.

      I said: "You know, many couples think nothing of blowing $500.00-$600.00 on a ski weekend, which, when over, is truly over--the money is gone. If you spent that money on this guitar, you would invest in something that would bring you pleasure for years to come--something lasting."

      He replied, " I never thought of it like that."

      He must have pondered this because a short while later he came back into the music store and bought the guitar.

      I always felt glad. He was born to play.

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      Granny Smith 

      10 years ago

      Very nice, touching story. It would do us all a world of good to quit wishing for the things we don't have and to just be thankful for all we do have. Thanks for sharing.

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      11 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

      Thanx for sharing this G-ma. Woah G-ma that is a red top you have on there...."roses are red..." though you like yellow ones...bless you sweet woman.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      11 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      well you wanted another that is it I am afraid..Heavier and younger by 2 years...Oh wel..I have a new one but can't seem to move it yet>  Hope you are having a great day you 'rascal'....G-Ma :O) hugs & kisses

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      11 years ago from Chennai

      Hugs, G-Ma! You are an angel in red today!

    • Coeus profile image


      11 years ago from All over the world and then some.

      One word: Wow!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      11 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      sminut really?.. ..I liked it too.actually shed tears on this one. softy that I am...G-Ma :O) hugs

      MM Del Rosario..A big Thanks to you too my dear, am glad you liked ...G-Ma :O) hugs

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      MM Del Rosario 

      11 years ago from NSW, Australia

      thanks for sharing this wonderful article to us ....

      take care and see you again...

    • sminut13 profile image


      11 years ago from singapore

      this is really touching. felt a stirring in my heart.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      11 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Oh dear..but I found it some where and just passed it on cause I also thought it was very good. am i trouble though? i didn't give anyone's name..nor did i claim it as my own...just typed it to share..Is that ok? You are too sweet MrMarmalade G-Ma :O) hugs

    • MrMarmalade profile image


      11 years ago from Sydney

      You have surmounted all. That is the best I have read from you.

      thank you


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