I was out shopping, by myself. Never mind that it was just grocery shopping, I was having fun. I could concentrate about what I was doing. I could think. Anyone who is used to shopping with kiddos understands! I purchased my groceries while talking to the ladies at check out who know me as a regular customer. I walked out smiling thinking of the banter that I had just exchanged with the ladies.
As I was putting the bags of groceries in the back of my van, from the corner of my eye I saw a man walking my direction. I instantly felt uneasy. As he approached me I hurriedly threw the rest of the bags of groceries into the van.
“Excuse, me Ma’am, but the check engine light just came on in my car…”
In one swoop motion, I slammed the door of my van, pushed the button on my key chain to lock the doors, and quickly began pushing the cart back toward the store and other people as I was parked on the end of the lot. As I did all of that I just shook my head, “no” at him and kept walking. In my mind I was seeing flashing red emergency lights. Why when there were all these people closer to the store would a man walk up to a woman that was alone and begin telling her about his check engine light?
As I returned my cart to the proper place in the parking lot, I watched him get in his very nice SUV and drive away. Insert Twilight Zone music here.