Checkout Lady

You smile at me
every time I pop in to the store,
make polite conversation
about my purchases
as I mumble something or other
in response,
hoping the ground will open up
and swallow this middle-aged teenager
who has suddenly and inexplicably
lost the ability to speak coherently.
I notice your teeth,
how brilliantly white they are
and your hair,
dyed blonde.
Our hands touch
as you pass me my change.
I get goosebumps,
and hurriedly walk away.
You watch me go;
I can see your reflection
in the enormous window.
I long to ask you out,
you may want me to
but would say no,
as you’re a lady.
I’ve seen the gold band
you wear,
and I swear,
I too
could never hurt another
as I’ve been hurt,
and have hurt.
So I leave,
with your image in my mind
and your smile in my heart.


Undercover Boss Canada – Greg Roberts

I’ve just finished watching an episode of Undercover Boss Canada featuring Newfoundlander Greg Roberts, the CEO of the Mary Browns fast food franchise.

When I lived over in Newfoundland I worked for Greg and his wife Katrina. He is one of the kindest, most generous people I have ever had the good fortune to meet. He is the head of a large, multinational company, with all the trappings that entails, yet he is down to earth and always has time for ‘ordinary’ people.

He has worked hard to get where he is and I think he has the success he has simply because he is a good man. What you see on TV is what he is. I know, from personal experience, he is as generous and kind as the man you see on the show. (It’s not just for TV). He deserves all he has, and I wish him well in his future endeavours.

Greg, you are a gentleman.