I felt the need to share this…

You all will never believe what happened to me this morning!!!

I am still tripping!!

I went to El Rey to pick up some gum and something to drink. As I walked down the isle, I noticed this old lady (a gringa) staring at me. I looked at her, spoke and kept walking to the front counter to get my gum.

I picked up the gum and turned to find me something to drink. When I turned around, the same lady was standing right behind me in my face.

I tried to give her some of my Christian love. So, I smiled and said, “HI!” Then I went on to get me a bottle of water. Can you believe that same lady followed me through the store?! I was getting a little nervous and kind of mad because she never said anything and was acting really weird.

But, you know me, “Trying to stay in my HOLY loving mode!” I just smiled and said, “Hi.”

This is what’s really going to get you. She finally responded and said, “I am so sorry for staring, but you look just like my oldest son…. We just buried him two weeks ago.”

I felt so stupid for getting mad as I expressed my sincerity to her. She said that she was fine because she knew that her son was saved and is with the Lord now.

Then she asked me to do her a favor. I said, “If I can!” She said that although she knew where her son was, she still felt this void because she wasn’t able to say good-bye to him.

Get this… She asked me to get in line behind her and as she left the store say….. “Adios Mama” so that she could have some sense of closure!!

I must admit that her request threw me for a second. However, thinking that this was my opportunity for intercessory, I agreed and got in line behind her. As she left with her bags and the bag boy walking away, I said, “Adios Mama!!!” She smiled with tears in her eyes and said, “Adios hijo.” Hijo is “son” in Spanish.

When I reached the counter, the cashier rang up my gum and bottle of water and said, “that will be $147.50.” I said, “WHAT!?!” As if I couldn’t hear, she repeated it, $147.50.” I said, “Can you tell me how a pack of $.25 gum and a bottle of $.99 water equals $147.50?!”

She said, your mother said that you were paying for her stuff too. I said, “MY MOTHER!?! THAT WAS NOT MY MOTHER!!!”

I literally dropped everything and ran out of the store, just in time to see the lady paying the bag boy for loading her bags in the car. I ran after her and was yelling… Excuse me, Excuse me!!!

When she turned around and saw me, she quickly went to get in her car. I caught her before she was able to shut the door. But she tried to escape out of the passenger’s side. So, I lunged at her only to grab her leg.

By this time, security was coming anyway. I started causing a real scene… yanking and pulling on her leg!! I kept pulling her leg and pulling her leg……. Just like I’m pulling yours!!!

Moral to the story: Don’t believe everything that you read on a blog on the Internet! Now, get back to work! Peace…

49 thoughts on “I felt the need to share this…

  1. Now why would you think that? Actually, I can’t take credit for the creativity of this piece. I don’t remember where I found it and thought I would hang on to it. Today I modified it to make a sound feasible for Panama.

  2. Hey Don, I thought you told me you were sick this morning with a cold and in bed? Long time since I laughed that hard. Knowing you it is exactly what you would do to!

  3. Don Ray!!! (Or as we refer to you, Don Don!)
    First of all Nena and her sis, Lela were just sitting down for lunch when I dragged the laptop to the table to show them the videos of the Dianas, and the parades. Since their mom’s birthday is the 4th we had just called her to wish her a Happy Birthday. The photos and videos were the next best thing to being there for the gals. Thanks for posting them !!

    Then I read them the “incident” at El Rey and had them both feeling sorry for you … until I gave them the punch line. You know why they call it “punch line”? Cause that’s what they both did to me!! haha

    By the way, my sis-in-law says that if you tell the same tale in Spanish to use pulling her hair instead of pulling her leg! That’s the Panama equivalent to leg pulling!?! ha

    All the best and thanks for bringing Panama to our kitchen.
    jim and nena and lela

  4. Glad you had a little fun out of this post also. Be sure and check out all the videos of the parade. It will take a while before they are all uploaded.

  5. Don, You have developed too much credibility with your blog. This will slow that down some. Thanks for pointing me here. Great story. Happy Sunday. Dick

  6. Don, you still are creative as H—. That was great, and living in Florida could be a true story. Keep up the good work. Joe

  7. That was just too, too funny – you had me all the way! I have about 7 more weeks to go. I think I have already given you my email at home. Have a great day – I think everyone is having sinus problems right now!

  8. Hi Don:

    Great creativity. You fooled me all the way until the very end. I’ll have to be more careful next time I go to a supermarket.

    Thanks for stretching my smiling muscles.



  9. Don, that was a good one. I have failed to tell you how much we enjoyed our Panama Cruise, sorry we didn’t have time to look you up. The rainy season was just beginning, boy I wish you could send some of that up our way. Have a great day and take care of yourself.


  10. I have only just seen this story to comment on. I really believed it until I saw the punchline.

    I agree with everyone that could happen anywhere.

  11. This is one of the sayings I’ve taught mi novia to say, who lives in David. I also taught her “Yanking your chain”. I tried to tell the same story but it works best with fluent English speakers.

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