On Saturday I stood in line at a check-out counter for ten minutes. It took that long for the woman ahead of me to convince the cashier that the 10% off coupon she possessed was valid for the single item she was purchasing.
The item? A bottle of aspirin. Cost? $4.77. Savings? 47 cents.
I was not at all impatient. I was frustrated and upset for the woman’s sake. I was also humbled.
Among the items I purchased? Not one thing could be deemed absolutely essential.
To put an end to the haggling and help her out, I wanted to offer to buy the aspirin for her but I don't think the gesture would have been appreciated.
And when I wondered why she didn’t save that coupon for a larger order, it occurred to me that perhaps all she could afford to buy was the aspirin.
I was humbled yet again.
I take far too much for granted.