Sunday Serenity: My Ten Dollar Lesson


Looking back at what I am about to tell you about seems rather silly to me now.  In fact, I’d say it appeared as if I had just landed on the planet!  I suppose it comes down to experiences, and being placed in situations that at the time seem downright scary, yet later take on a rather comical feeling.

What am I talking about?

Here is a little story that I wanted to share with you about something that happened when I first arrived in Chicago.

I was at the grocery store, excited about seeing products on the shelves that I had never seen before (if you are laughing at this, I wonder if you are Canadian – we love ‘cross-border shopping’ since there are so many products available here in the U.S. that you can’t get in Canada)!

So there I was, literally feeling like a kid in a candy store, admiring the display of ten different types of Pepsi, when all of a sudden a gentleman approached me from behind, startling me whilst I was in my Pepsi product overload stupor!

All at once I was face-to-face with a complete stranger who looked right at me and said, “Can I have ten dollars?”  I distinctly remember exactly what I thought:  “What in the hell?”  With the stride of a gazelle (okay, that’s not true, I’m only 5’3″ tall so maybe the stride of a Pomeranian) I ‘high-tailed’ it out of there and ran up to the first person I saw.  He had been stocking shelves and immediately stopped as I approached him.  I must have had the look of someone who had either just won the Powerball Lotto or had been chased by a band of wayward circus clowns.  “Miss, are you okay?” he asked, with much concern on his face.

Trying to catch my breath long enough to tell him about this horrific thing that just happened, I finally responded, “A man just came up to me and asked me for ten dollars!”  Have you experienced that feeling when someone is trying really hard not to laugh at what you just said because they know you are being serious, but they can’t help it nonetheless?

His response to me?  “Uh huh……..”.  I felt compelled to say, “Well I am from Canada, and nothing like this has ever happened to me before.”  All at once, in a gentle, friendly, but amused tone he said, “Well, you’re in Chicago now!”

Ah, I’m in Chicago now…….. It was a really strange thing to happen back then, but now I think, oh my goodness, why did I react so strongly to having a guy ask me for cash in a grocery store?  It really had never happened to me before, so I suppose it caught me off guard.  Nowadays things like this do not even show up on my radar screen.  I think I’ve proven to myself that I’ve become quite acclimatized to occurrences such as my ‘ten dollar grocery store’ scenario.

Has anything like this happened to you before? Have you experienced something only to look back at it and think, “Why did I react that way?”  Humor in mind, I can laugh at myself from the store shelf stocking person’s perspective.  What a sight I must have been!  Would I give someone ten dollars who approached me in a store? No, I wouldn’t.  But I sure would be able to direct them to the Pepsi variety section.  Did you know they have a flavor called, “1893 – Black Currant Cola”?  Me either, until I found it in the Pepsi section!


  18 comments for “Sunday Serenity: My Ten Dollar Lesson

  1. August 19, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I would not like anyone asking me that, period. Unless of course I knew who they are. A bit creepy Cher!

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    • August 19, 2018 at 11:41 am

      It did catch me off-guard, John. But it happens here so now I’m able to just keep walking! I guess for me it was so odd to happen in a store! Cher xo

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      • August 19, 2018 at 11:59 am

        I hope people aren’t begging for money at so many intersections as they do here Cher, they even walk around cars while they are stopped at traffic lights. Not smart.

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      • August 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

        They do, John and in the traffic as well. I always just hope the best for them. Cher xo

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  2. August 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    God bless you Cher xoxo such a sweet and kind soul! I think of things that happened when I first arrived in Riyadh!

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    • August 19, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much for your extremely thoughtful words, dear Lynn! I appreciate it immensely! Oh, I’d love to hear about your experiences when you first arrived in Riyadh! Cher xo

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  3. August 19, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    The crazy thing for me happened right after we moved from Maine to California in 1994. I pulled up to a gas station and waited for an attendant to come out to pump my gas… No attendants in sight, so I asked a nearby customer about it. “What century are you from, lady?” he asked. Then he smiled, helped me find the gas cap hidden under the license plate of my 1988 Camero and showed me how to pump my own gas. Laughing now, but thought I had landed on a faraway planet back them. 🙂 xoxoxo

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    • August 19, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Ah, Bette, thank you so much for sharing this story with us! Definitely something that is understandable, especially when you’d be used to the attendant filling the gas tank! I’d be like you, wondering where on earth the attendant was hiding! LOL Thank you, dear Bette! I certainly know what you mean about landing on the faraway planet! Cher xo

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  4. August 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    It is scary and unnerving when someone just approaches you like that, especially in asking for monies. I still remember the time I pumped gas at a new station and could not figure out why the machine was not accepting my check card. A voice came on the speaker near the pump and stated the other way stupid. Nice, right!?! I just was not inserting my card in right, but it was backwards to the other pumps I have used. Who reads the directions on those things – now I do though – ha!

    Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

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    • August 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Oh my goodness! Now that is the second story we’ve had regarding gas stations! Did you see Bette’s comment? I am so sorry that happened to you. How incredibly rude of that person to say that to you! I hope you reported them! Cher xo


  5. August 20, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I had a silliness experience just last week. I was in an unfamiliar gas station and happily put in my credit card and punched the “yes” button on the screen, only to discover I had agreed to a car wash I didn’t want. I couldn’t figure out how to backtrack or undo what I had done, so I pulled out the card. Then the machine started beeping and I couldn’t figure out how to stop it beeping. I ended up giving the screen a smack, which didn’t help at all. People started noticing my odd behaviour and, since the machine continued beeping endlessly, I just drove out of the gas station in an embarrassed cloud.

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    • August 20, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Oh dear! Now there are three comments on this post about gas stations! I think they need to make these places a lot more user friendly, don’t you? I’m so sorry that happened to you! And why do people feel the need to stare? Cher xo

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  6. August 22, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Oh both are scary, especially black currant Pepsi.

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    • August 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      LOL I didn’t buy it, but it does look ‘interesting’, doesn’t it? Cher xo

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