“Eh, how are you?”

“How are you doing?”

“Hey, what’s up?”

“Welcome to Mega-Low Mart. How are you today?”…don’t make eye contact. Bag the groceries, move along please. Next. “Welcome to Mega-Low Mart. How are you today?”

The expected response is, “I’m fine/good,” “I’m doing good,” “Blah, blah, blah, how are you?”

“Do you have your Extra-Value Customer Card with you?” Next, please. Move along.

Often, my reply to the Mega-Low Mart cashier is, “None of your business.” I don’t say it in a mean way. I don’t say it to be unkind. I just say it. There is always a response from the cashier. Checkout stops. Parents cover their children’s ears. Usually, eye contact is made, but from that point on, we are more fully engaged in a conversation.

Then, I’ll tell them how I’m doing. Honestly. Not in full detail about ailments and maladies or worries, or about winning the lottery, and appointment to cabinet positions, but a general assessment of “How I am today.”

I know I’m going to be asked that question many times during the day. Having a truthful answer is the least that I could do for anyone that is concerned enough to ask. …and then I’ll ask, “Are you well?”

I usually find out that they are tired from a long shift, getting over a cold, starting a new job, something important, but far more honest than the generic “I’m doing good.”  “I’m doing good,” always makes me think about rescuing puppies and helping old ladies cross the street. I tried that once. It turns out, she didn’t really want to cross the street. “I’m not a chicken,” she said. Oh, well.

“Are you well today?”

“How’s your kin?”


Peace, Y’all,


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