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  • When I was in elementary school my mother worked at Kroger, the only grocery store in town. She walked a mile to and from work every weekday, like the postman, through rain, snow, sleet, heat and blistering cold, she walked. And no, it was not uphill both ways. Our subdivision was the last one off the dead end road and there were no other outlets. Most folks in the subdivision were acquainted with each other back then, not like now. Mom had many friends and was recognized by a lot more people along the way walking to work. Customers would often stop and offer her a ride home or to work when they would see her walking in her Kroger uniform. One day the clouds were ominous and the wind blowing so hard her umbrella flipped opposite and Mom was struggling with the umbrella walking as swiftly as she could when she heard a car. The car stopped and Mom quickly jumped in grateful to get out of the storm. She thanked the man and began telling him how she was hoping someone would come by. She pointed out to him the shortcut down the alleyway and spoke of how busy the store will be due to the inclement weather. When they arrived at the store Mom thanked the man again for the ride. He smiled and looked at her smiling back, then he said, “Can you tell me how to get to Elm Street? I’m lost.”
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