I Was Scolded Today
Early this morning I went grocery shopping. I was the only one in the produce section and I forgot I needed a head of lettuce. I left my cart where it was and walked about 10 feet to grab my lettuce. As I was heading back to my cart, an elderly lady started talking to me. I thought she was asking if I knew where something was. But she said "I'm going to scold you for leaving your purse unattended in your cart."
I became embarrassed and said sheepishly "I know", as if my hand had been caught in the cookie jar. I know this kind of stuff happens, a lot. But I am a very observant person and aware of my surroundings, but not overly paranoid. When I'm with my 13 year-old daughter she buckles my purse up but I only do it when in a busier store.
I surprised myself for not being angry at the woman because she was right and only trying to help, even though she was a bit pushy about it. I was actually struck by the humor when she added "I could have grabbed your purse and been out the door before you even knew it was gone". I had to walk away before I started laughing. I'm a little chubby and maybe not so light on my feet anymore but I think if I saw a woman in her 70's grab my purse and 'run' for the door, I could have taken her easily.
So from now on I will be more aware of my surroundings and keep my eye out for Ninja Grannies at the Piggly Wiggly.