The second alarm rings at 5:15 each morning. Last night the Man returned from the hospital at 10:00. The night before he got home at 10:30, and then the ICU paged him all. night. long. His pager, by the way, has the most blood-curdling ear-splitting BEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! known to man. Interrogators should pipe it into uncooperative prisoners’ cells; they’d crack within minutes.
Today during a work break I swung by the grocery store, quickly collected my list, paid, and pushed the cart toward the parking lot.
I turned around. An employee jogged up, waving his arms.
The other clerks were all staring at me and smiling.
So were the customers.
“You left all your groceries.”
My cart? Empty. My groceries? Still sitting neatly bagged at the checkout counter.
Hello, weekend. You’ve a welcome sight.