Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (December’s fullest moon [“Cold Moon”] rises on the 18th.)
This is my first day off, after a string of them behind a cash register. My busy workplace carries tough, lasting cold-weather clothing. The customers range from those wishing to look expensively “campy” to real time workers still grubby from the trenches.
It’s seductive to see and touch various apparel purchases for wearing and gifting. The store’s parent organization has given all employees a generous gift card. After days of thought, I started buying, and the gift allowed me a relatively-cheap makeover.
It feels that expensive clothing alters “my look”, transforms me. From pitiful, muddy rancher in Costco-cheap, to quasi-expensive, hip country-gal.
For years, I worked inside Costco and buying there has satisfied. Now there’s a problem from new jeans, shoes, and shirts. They comfortingly differ from cheaper, thinner clothing. Better elements of design, sturdiness, and padding, plus sporting designer labels, creates a little “head trip”.
It’s been years since I’ve experienced this. Way back, in my career days, I carried real leather bags, scribbled with uber-expensive pens, wore big-name watches, and so on. Everybody did in the corporate world. Expensive signalled stature. The instant I retired to Oregon, all that went away.
I’ve enjoyed my Costco trappings which signal “rancher with horses and dogs”. For awhile though, seasonal gifts from my employers will be fun-reminders of old days. I’ll play, but we all know the outer trappings don’t “make” a person. What does is the inner stuff.
That’s what I think about while checking out customers. Whether they’re draped in expensive or old ranch-stained, I’m seeking “some inner” of each. There’s little time for this. We check customers out quickly to avoid waiting buyers. Truthfully, a few seconds are enough for hints as to “the who” of an individual. Those glimpses are fun.
For awhile I’ll enjoy gifts that revive memories, but not for long. Truthfully, I wouldn’t exchange a single day of my retirement for a single one, or more, of the old days.
Dear Friends: Customers in working wear present more as honest and open. Diana