Masked Motives Unmasked

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?


About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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