They Turned Our Frowns Upside Down

Yesterday was a frustrating day for both Matt and me. We’re thrilled to begin this new journey, but have been hitting a number of roadblocks. On top of that, it snowed. Yes, it’s almost May and we were watching flurries come down as we ate our dinner in the hotel dining room.

Needless to say, we needed a little sweetness in our lives, so we headed up to the Glastonbury Whole Foods. As much as I love shopping at Whole Foods and could buy almost everything there (“here…take my paycheck”), it’s not typically something I’d write about in a travel blog.

That said, a little random act of kindness from two of this store’s team members deserves a shout out. Because of the day we had, I needed chocolate. By chocolate, I mean I needed chocolate ice cream. In the April show showers, I’m craving a cold dessert.

I carefully combed through the many ice cream choices before landing on the Double Dark Chocolate gelato from Talenti, the dark, creamy color assuring me that one bite would surely help melt away the stresses of the day.

When we got to the check out, the cashier and her assistant gushed over my selection. They then asked if I’d ever tried the Sea Salt Caramel flavor. I said no. It sounded delicious, but I needed chocolate. They proceeded to describe the chocolate-covered sea salt caramels blended into the gelato and I debated switching out what I’d selected. Instead, I promised I’d try it next time and Matt and I headed towards the door.

Suddenly, I felt a tap on the shoulder and an excited voice saying, “wait!”.

I turned around and it was the woman who bagged our groceries. “Hold on just a second,” she said scampering off. Meanwhile, her teammate proceeded to type something into her register and told me, “we’re going to sample the sea salt caramel to you.”

Matt and I stood there for a moment in surprise and soon the first woman came running back to the register. Both of the ladies high-fived and handed me the second pint of gelato, telling us to enjoy it.

Such a simple little act of kindness, but the two Whole Foods team members acted like they’d just won the lottery and, especially after the day we’d had, Matt and I were floored by their generosity.

I wish I’d gotten their names, but forgot in my “oh my gosh I now have two pints of gelato to eat” haze. Still, I dedicate this post to them and the Whole Foods in Glastonbury. Thanks for turning our frowns upside down!

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