He reminded me of the character Carl from the movie Up
All alone in the Men’s underwear aisle of WalMart
As I passed by the area doing frantic Christmas shopping of my own
He toddles towards me with a package of men’s T-shirts held out before him
“Are these a size small?” he asks
“Because I wear a small. I know because I looked before I came.”
Indeed they are, I tell him
“I wear a small so these should fit, right?”
Right, I say
“My wife always did this for me” he says
“I don’t have her no more.”
Not really sad, just matter-of-factly
I tell him I’m so sorry
Then I start to walk away
He then says
“There’s just so many to look through and I also need shorts”
Here I am in WalMart helping a complete stranger find underwear!
I show him the wall of “shorts”
Briefs or Boxers?
I wonder but don’t say anything
He looks bewildered by it all
I tell him the briefs are on this end of the aisle and the boxers at the other
I certainly don’t want to ASK him which he prefers!
He picks up a package of boxers
Brings them to me and asks
“Are these small? I think I wear small”
No, the L on the package means Large
He puts them back
As I start to walk away again
TWO clerks walk into the aisle
I leave him knowing they will take good care of my little man
And just to be sure
I tell them all I know about him
I walk away trying not to burst into big snot-slinging tears
My heart was breaking for this complete stranger
Who now has to navigate the big bad world of underwear all alone
Because his mate has gone before him
And left him to buy underwear
Makes me wonder just how many other firsts he has had to endure
Is there someone in his life to make these firsts a little easier?
A son and daughter-in-law?
A daughter and son-in-law?
Or is there only the complete stranger helping him buy his underwear?
Thank You, Father for allowing me the privilege of being Your hands extended
Even if it was in the underwear aisle