On Oct 26 I entered a post about a situation I encountered, make that created, while shopping at our local grocery store. Specifically, with full mask and ball cap pulled low, I noticed a shopper, also masked, that looked very much like my neighbor. However, I was not sure, but after much speculation, and upon cheerfully greeting her, I received a less then cordial response, at least from the tone of her voice and the expression on what part of her face I could see. I quickly summized that I had made an incorrect assumption as to whom I was speaking and now was staring at a woman whom I hoped wasn’t armed.
Well, today I was coming home, again from said market and as I turned into my subdivision, I saw this lady, the right one, walking. This time however, I had Kramer with me, and she loves Kramer, so I felt comfortable pulling over and extending greetings. She said she had been asking another of our neighbors how we were doing since she hadn’t seen me in a while. There it was. The opportunity, just sitting there for the taking. So of course. I did. I said “well, maybe you have. Was it you that I said ‘Good Morning” to at Hannaford a few days ago’? Suddenly, a smile crossed her face and she said “was that you? It has been driving me crazy. I know so few people here that no one ever speaks to me and I never expect to run into anyone that I know.” Case solved.
So there’s the long and short of it. I feel vindicated and she feels relieved. She is now confident that there is one less elderly mugger in Gray, and I am well on the way to reestablishing my reputation. But the real upside to this story is this. She also said she will never again look at a tube of anchovy paste without thinking of me. Now how’s that for a win win?