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Can Magic Bits... Sooth a Sad Soul...?  

Paulxx001 67M
8732 posts
12/23/2021 7:20 am

Last Read:
3/5/2022 12:55 am

Can Magic Bits... Sooth a Sad Soul...?

It was a crisp morning, ideal for skating but they'd closed the rink and hadn't shovelled the snow. That tall pine tree, anchored in the center of the ice, twinkled brightly as I walked by.

After my walk, I popped into my usual place to purchase random groceries. They have those crowd control belts, and single-file lines set up... AGAIN. What a pain! I waited - bored - and glanced at the elderly lady behind me. She was dressed in a prim fashion and I'd guess, in her eighties?

She was holding onto one of those monstrous yellow carts, pushing along - a beautiful Poinsettia in a red-bowed pot, a couple of small tins of cat food, and a large box of Alpha-Bits. You know me, so I remarked about her eclectic choices.

I imagine she'd wanted to talk to someone, and my comment provided that invitation. The cereal was for her granddaughter who was coming over; they've closed all the schools here. And THAT'S what she likes for breakfast. She'd hope it would cheer her up.

She paused - I asked the obvious question.

She took a breath. Today was to be the last day of classes for Grade Two before the holidays. They were supposed to have a 'Secret Santa' gift exchange and her granddaughter had chosen the name of the boy in her class - whom she liked the MOST.

Her excited grandchild and mom - of course - had spent a great deal of time choosing the perfect gift. And the little girl could hardly wait to see that special boy's face when he opened up the present she'd wrapped for him. All her friends had been trying to guess who the gifts piled up at the back of the room were from.

Well, THAT wasn't going to happen. I agreed it was very sad for all those small especially during the Holiday Season.

They beeped cash number five, I said goodbye and made my way forward. Politely, I turned my head to wish my brief companion a Merry Christmas. When I did, I noticed she was crying, wiping tears from her eyes. She tried to say something to me... but all she did was nod.

Yep... Alpha-Bits.

Tis the season...

I remember that Secret Santa stuff back then. We'd try and trade names.
I.m more of a Cheerios guy. You?

Paulxx001 67M
22642 posts
12/23/2021 7:21 am

I'm a Cheerios person myself. But once in a while, I'll treat myself to some Lucky 🍀 Charms.

Paulxx001 67M
22642 posts
12/23/2021 7:38 am

Take care of yourselves and enjoy the Holiday Season. 🌹
Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅😊

countryqueen1 74F

12/23/2021 8:12 am

Merry Christmas to you too. It's strange how such a joyous season can be such a sad time as well.

Paulxx001 replies on 12/23/2021 10:27 am:
You're right.
I understand where you're coming from.

I close my eyes, when I see things that blurr my vision.
It's all good. Have a merry Christmas. ❗🤶🎅🌹😎❗❗

superbjversion2 68F  
24388 posts
12/23/2021 8:14 am

I tear up often, empathizing with the sadness of others. *sniffle* I'll probably be like that old lady someday.

I like Cheerios, too. They come in several yummy flavors. Have you tried Maple Cheerios?

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation bangs on the door forever!

Paulxx001 replies on 12/23/2021 10:45 am:
I understand that you mean.
I sat on a bench,in Fairview Mall, on the second floor, and posted this thing.

Empaths... know. 🌹🎅
I understand where yore cuming From

scoupe42 60M

12/23/2021 8:23 am

Hopefully it was tears of Joy or happiness! Strangers feel like they can talk to do, you have a gift of kindness.

Paulxx001 replies on 12/23/2021 10:48 am:
My guess is tears of sadness? 🤔
But that's not bad, is it?
Thanks for sharing... your POV.


G000dbuddy 36M
1676 posts
12/23/2021 9:32 am

Merry Christmas


Paulxx001 replies on 12/24/2021 6:49 am:
And a Merry Christmas to you as well. 🎁🎅🎄🤶😎❗❗

Paulxx001 67M
22642 posts
12/23/2021 10:21 am

    Quoting countryqueen1:
    Merry Christmas to you too. It's strange how such a joyous season can be such a sad time as well.
True... And all the best wishes to you. 🌹

Paulxx001 67M
22642 posts
12/23/2021 10:24 am

To you as well. 🎅🎄🤶❗❄️
Be safe...

positively4you 74F  
4605 posts
12/23/2021 10:32 am

Men who are kind to children and the elderly are truly the sexy men.
There you go. 😉

Paulxx001 replies on 12/23/2021 10:53 am:
I understand and I agree.
True ❤️

spunkycumfun 63M/69F
41171 posts
12/23/2021 10:48 am

Alpha-Bits aren't sold here but Cheerios are. My favourite breakfast cereals are Rice Krispies, Shreddies and Weetabix.

Paulxx001 replies on 12/24/2021 6:45 am:
Those three are on my favorites list as well. 👍 😊
What do you mean, they're not sold there? Ya gotta start a petition.

Although, I'm thinking there are probably other things that top lists of importance over on your island 🏝

Enjoy the holidays and be safe. 🎁🎅🤶🐫❄️🥣🎄

sexyldy1000 68F  
9607 posts
12/23/2021 12:04 pm

Speaking to strangers is not comfortable for everyone. However, you are at ease doing so and have a knack for engaging people of all ages. This time of year can be especially difficult. The ongoing pandemic and surging cases are forcing many to forgo their usual traditions. Here's to better times ahead for everyone. Merry Christmas and may peace surround you and your loved ones.

Paulxx001 replies on 12/24/2021 6:42 am:
The secret of speaking with people you don't know, is to share something about yourself FIRST. Then, most will open up to you. 🌹

And all the best to you and your family 👪. 🎁🎅🎄🤶🐫
Cheers 🥂 😎 ❗ ❗

Watch out for ice! ❄️❗

mc_justmc 63M

12/23/2021 1:01 pm

The only "cereal" I eat are whole grain oats and they taste like rice when I make them.

Paulxx001 replies on 12/24/2021 6:38 am:
lol 😂
Rice 🍚, huh?
Enjoy your Christmas celebrations. Ya mind if I send you some of our white stuff? 🤔
We've got plenty to spare. 🎅🎄😎❗❗

mufdiver69er2 63M  
1953 posts
12/23/2021 4:02 pm

i like to think those secret santa gifts will still be in the classroom when they Do return again..and even if delayed...the young lassie will still reap the pleasure of his reaction...have a happy happy and make Mary merry...

woop woop

Paulxx001 replies on 12/24/2021 6:35 am:
You're probably right and that little girl might still get to see that boy's smile.
I think her granny was netting emotional by remembering all the times she went through with her kids 🧒
Have a great and safe holiday season. 🐫❗🎁🤶🎄🎅😎❗❗

pollly_anna 60F  
697 posts
12/23/2021 6:15 pm

sugar pops....frosted flakes..,rice wheats....Merry Christmas have a great day with your daughter.

Paulxx001 replies on 12/24/2021 6:33 am:
I love those cereals.
Now you've given me some great ideas. lol 😂
And all the best to you and your family. Have fun on all your grandkids. 🎅🎄🤶🐫❗🎁

PonyGirl1965 58F
22090 posts
12/23/2021 11:55 pm

Merry Christmas!!

Paulxx001 replies on 12/24/2021 6:30 am:
And all the best to you as well. 🎅🎄🤶🐫❗

GhostofH 65M
22788 posts
12/25/2021 6:54 pm

Class act all the way....

Paulxx001 replies on 12/28/2021 5:44 am:
And a classy New Years to you sir. 😎❗❗👍

staci_19702 53T
3767 posts
12/27/2021 6:28 pm

Make the effort when a chance is presented.
Makes Frosted Flakes taste better.

Have a great day! 💋

Paulxx001 replies on 12/28/2021 5:45 am:
I haven't had those FLAKES... in years. Thanks for the reminder! 👍 😊 😎❗❗

lunchandconvo 53F  
4034 posts
12/28/2021 10:33 pm

i don't tend to chat up strangers in the store.
y'ah know you're always reading about THE place to meet is the store.
you're there! why not!

i have NEVER had a guy or gal start up a chat with me in the grocery store.
now i have had a guy chat me up at the WalMarTT but he wasn't my type.
he followed me out to my car!
gave me his business card.
offered me dinner...

i am clueless.
who knows who else has been trying to get me to slow down in the soda aisle.

i go through rounds with cereal.
i am not eating any right now.
when i do i stock something kinda healthy and something sweet.
so like i have a wheat chex along with captain crunch.
i think i have some cinnamon toast crunch and rice crispies for Sherman.

alphabits are a bit like cardboard to me.

Paulxx001 replies on 12/29/2021 12:16 am:
Your cereal selection is like mine; a mix of sweet and healthy.

No one EVER talks to you? 🤔

Grocery stores are where the action is and where people linger by the fruits 🥝 and other complex food items. And if I ask a woman for help, her opinion or advice — guess what? She usually comes through. It's too easy. lol 😂

But that's not to say that it goes anywhere. I get a thrill when I can crack her up and leave her smiling, wondering 'Now who the fuck was that?'

It helps if the gentlemen have an engaging personality, a quick wit, and a sense of humour. Perhaps, the men you come across are intimidated by you and how you carry yourself. 😶

Women are funny creatures - wary of any male in public - and men... don't understand them. They assault those poor women and come across as way too agressive.

Women want to be entertained. How much effort and skill does it take to be charming?😎❗❗

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