When I walked up to the express lane at the grocery, a man was patiently trying to feed a coupon into the designated slot. After he tried unsuccessfully a couple times, I really looked at him for the first time and realized he was Dr. K, our family doctor! He has been a wonderful addition to our lives since we changed to him a couple years ago. He is not only an excellent doctor but has a friendly warm personality and makes you feel like he is actually seeing you as a person, not just the patient in Room 4.
Anyway, because Dr. K has a great sense of humor, I knew that he would see the humor in his situation, so I stepped up behind him and said in a low voice, “You probably need a medical degree to do that.”
When he turned around and recognized me, he chuckled and said, “Apparently that isn’t enough!”
Just then Diane, one of the most helpful and experienced of the store’s employees, walked by. She immediately saw what Dr. K was trying to do so she walked over and said, “Let me help you with that — there’s a trick to it.” She quickly inserted the coupon into the slot and then leaned over and gently blew in after it. The coupon disappeared immediately. He thanked her and she smiled and walked away.
When he looked at me and chuckled, I said, “She may not have a medical degree, but she’s very good at what she does.” He agreed and then said good-bye and left.
What struck me about this incident was that both Dr. K and Diane are very good at their jobs and both deserve to take pride in what they do. I’m fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of both their sets of talents.