Today I went to the butcher’s to get some meat. There were some slabs of beef that I figured were about the size I needed, but I asked the woman serving what weight she thought the smaller bit was.
The butcher, who works directly behind the counter, said, “Show me and I will tell you just by looking.” So the woman showed him the tray and he made a guess. She made a guess too, though I don’t know if she was that serious.
By this time, his assistant and the woman and I were all smiling and enjoying ourselves waiting to see if the butcher had guessed right. Of course he did, and then we were all laughing that he’d gotten so close.
It was a lovely moment. All of us enjoying this challenge and then his triumph. Having a smile and a laugh together over something so simple as the size of a piece of meat.
These are the times I find myself looking at the people, watching how they move and speak, and trying to mentally capture that feeling of community.