At Amy’s (The World is a Book) recent post Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Catching People Unaware, she asked if I would re-post the story I wrote about taking photos of a lady at a Chinese grocery store. I didn’t know how to re-post and was going to get instruction from her, but I forgot to do it. Amy was kind to remind me and tell me what I need to do, so here is the story again. Hope you’ll like it. (Thanks, Amy.)
A Happy Day — Originally Posted on September 13, 2014
She works at a Chinese grocery store in the city. Every time we walked into the store, she welcomed us with a big sweet smile. During the 12 days that MN State Fair was on, the owner of the store decided to make some money by letting people park their cars at the store’s parking space for a fee. She was in charge of directing the traffic and collecting money. It was a hot day when we got there. She wore a hat, her hand holding a big cup of cold drink. She was cheerful. I asked her if I could take a picture of her. She said yes.
Today, we went to the store to buy some Chinese vegetables. She said hi, but she wasn’t as cheerful as before. I passed an envelope, which contained her pictures, to her.
“For me?” she asked.
“What is it?”
She opened the envelope and saw her two pictures. She held both pictures in front of her, started giggling. She couldn’t take her eyes off those pictures; she kept giggling.
“I look pretty good,” she said, laughing.
While we were selecting vegetables, I turned and peeked at her. She was still looking at her pictures, still giggling. A minute or two later, she placed her pictures back to the envelope, and almost immediately, she took them out again. She stared at those photos, laughing.
When we finally reached the cashier table to pay for the grocery, she smiled at me, thanked me again and again. While we were leaving the store, she shouted behind us, “Thank you!”
I turned; she blew me a kiss.
I was dancing in the clouds the whole day.
That must be why I like taking pictures.