Senior only shopping hours have been created to allow the most fragile among us the opportunity to purchase a roll of toilet paper and eggs. The newly appointed senior population may be viewing this as an opportunity to meet the next Mr. or Ms. Right. Think of it as “speed dating” while keeping a six-foot distance from a new prospect!
Arriving before the advertised hour for senior only shopping hours allows you to preview those arriving and exiting their Dodge Vipers, Toyota Corollas and Chevy Silverado’s. It is difficult to determine relationship status by one crawling out of their car or truck. Do they look tired and haggard? A single senior on the prowl is going to look like “date night”. Are they alone? We all know what a cute couple looks like! Single seniors are single seniors! If you are lucky enough to congregate at the storefront before the doors open, you have the chance to target, I mean, review the crowd.
Remembering to keep social distancing in mind, seniors step closer to hear better when you greet them. Everyone must discuss the trials and tribulations of traveling to multiple retailers trying to purchase a can of beans. A shopping cart or buggy shortage may even creep into the conversation. A few will be clutching a list, hankie included. You will definitely hear which store has no meat, water, paper products or canned goods. Does anyone have recipes for creating delights with cottage cheese and asiago cheese injected bratwursts?
The greatest generation is always willing to engage in conversation. Isolation may not be new to them. Anyone with a walker or cane is gently ushered to the front. Utilizing humor with the chemistry of a hound dog, one can wish and pray for a love connection even at a distance. Gentle chatting brings everyone together for the common focus. Everyone remains patient for the doors to burst open. This special grace of population is appreciative of the opportunity to purchase a pint of milk.
Considering the extenuating circumstances, we find ourselves living in – our only escape from our homes is to forge forward for the necessities of life – Twinkies, Cheetos, beer and wine. Dating over 60 includes meeting a prospective love organically. Social distancing has just put a unique spin on the process. Remember to wear your glasses!
(This writer wishes to thank the H-E-B customer, in Clear Lake, Texas, who grabbed the last two packages of Scott Tissue but turned around and saw my face before she gently handed one to me.)
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