A long line and small talk with a stranger—what could pair better? In fact, it was those two things that led me to a delightful conversation with, potentially, the real Mrs. Claus.
It was last Saturday afternoon at Kohls, and since I’m not a regular there, I asked her if the long lines were Christmas-shopping-related or just the norm. At the mention of Christmas, she said that her shopping was complete and halfway wrapped.
WHAT?!? Did I miss November?
But she quickly assured me that her job as Mrs. Claus had her working all season long, so prepping early was a necessity. And with that, I spent the next five minutes smiling as she shared with me her best Mrs. Claus stories.
But her words not only told tales of bringing smiles to children. They also conveyed her joy for life, for meaningful work, and for the people she’s gotten to journey with.
See, she had missed last Christmas recovering from cancer, and was eager once again to see the kids she’d watched grow up over the years. So this year on the job was going to be extra special.
And when she flashed a photo of herself in costume and noted that her voice actually changes pitch when she wears it, I let myself believe that just maybe I was in the presence of true Christmas royalty.
After all, a little Christmas magic doesn’t hurt . . . even if it is November.
Isn’t it cool to know that each person we pass in our everyday errands is really just like us? With stories, struggles, and joys to match our own, we really are all connected. If we could see this in each other, think of how we might reshape our world.
Inspired by my story above, I’m asking you to share your own “Mrs. Claus moment” with me. Think of a time you connected with a stranger, even if only for a minute.
No need to polish it or aim for a certain word count, just send it in its raw form! (Please note whether I’m allowed to publish your story and if so, how you’d like to be identified or perhaps not identified.)
We Bold Souls
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St. Louis, MO 63122
Thanks to all you bold souls out there with your own “Mrs. Claus moment” to share! Can’t wait to read your story . . .