August 19, 2017

They Melted My Heart

Quick update just to tell you something that happened at work today.

I was sorting out the shelves in the shop where I spend half of my working hours when I overheard a conversation between a little girl and her mum. The little girl wanted to buy some ink and a quill but wasn't sure wether she should buy them there or at the Harry Potter shop in King's Cross. I noticed that the parents didn't really know what to say and they didn't seem too keen on the quill, so I walked there and told her, "I believe you should buy that at the Harry Potter shop, it's more magical there" - partly because I truly believe that and I would want to buy my quill there and partly because I wanted to help the parents. She didn't seem too convinced at first, but after a few minutes came back and said, "Thank you for your advice" which sounded so grown-up from her, it truly melted my heart.

After I gave her my advice though, her brother (could have been eight or nine years old, not older) came up to me and asked, "Excuse me, do you work here? You know, the thing that you just said to my sister is not helpful for your business. You shouldn't tell people to buy things elsewhere." Then he went on saying that he had checked the prices of ink and quills on Amazon and that he might actually buy them from there, and that everything in our shop is a bit overpriced. Bless him. I asked how did he know so many things at such young age, and he answered, "I don't know, I just know that."

The older brother then came up to me with an item in his hands asking me, "Sorry madam, I don't remember where I found this, can you point the shelf to me so I can bring it back?" which, if you have ever worked in a shop, you might know that is something that no one does, ever. Everyone just abandons everything in random places, so the average day on an employee feels like an endless game of hide-and-seek. I was moved but still told him to leave that to me, that I would take care of that.

I honestly wonder how their parents managed to bring up such well-mannered and clever children, although this kind of personality has probably more to do with the child himself than the parents. Still, if they wrote a book about parenting I would definitely read it.

Unfortunately they left and I didn't have time to ask them to adopt me congratulate for their smart children.

This event is definitely the highlight of my working month. Do you have any story to share?

Martina x

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