(This post only started to formulate itself today – and kept bubbling up in me on and off all day. Many or most of you may not see it until after Christmas, but my holiday wishes will still pertain.)
My standard greeting to people today was “Happy holidays”. Besides my Jewish friends and customers, there’s Kwanzaa – and one lovely young woman in my line today said that when people wish her a Merry Christmas, she sometimes says, “I’m pagan and I celebrate the solstice.” But when people wish me a Merry Christmas, I say it back: it’s my heritage and it is a day to celebrate Christ. Whether or not you consider him the Messiah, he – along with others like the Buddha, Mohammed and others – certainly deserves to be celebrated.
Early in my 10-6 shift today, I got kind of obsessed with what was I really trying to communicate when I said, “Happy holidays” or “Merry Christmas”. I realized that it’s different here at the grocery store, dealing with my customers, than it is in other parts of my life. Here’s what I came up with.
“May the groceries I am selling you nurture you, be beautiful and delicious, and make you happy.
“May you get it that I care about you and like serving you.
“May you experience all of our staff as dedicated to your health and well-being – and that serving you is something we really like to do.”
“May the whole community that is our store feel to you like a community of like-minded souls, where people who care about their health. take personal responsibility for it and are willing to invest money in it come together – as a place where you meet old friends and have positive connections with new people you meet in the store, often in the checkout line.
“May all who gather around this food – at your table or someone else’s – thrive on this food and the good company, If you will be spending a quiet day at home, may that be peaceful and fulfilling for you.
“May you have a wonderful new year, may our store be part of it, may I get to serve you again – and maybe even get to know you more, which would please me a lot. Who knows, maybe this blog will increase your sense of connection with me, our staff, our store and your fellow customers.