Conner Austin-Martin, a special Santa
I am the mother of two teenagers. We live in West Glenwood Springs, and we don’t have a car. We save money by buying groceries in bulk. We have our shopping down to a fine art.
We take the bus to City Market, two backpacks, two kids, and myself with a roller backpack.
This Sunday, my son was going to work and my daughter was at a sleepover, but being the weekend and the great buy-one-get-one-free sales, I couldn’t resist. So I went shopping.
I went down the aisles as I normally do, not even imagining how I would get all this home, and suddenly my cart was full. I panicked a little, but figured since City Market is close enough to the bus stop that you could push your cart there, if there is a nice bus driver he wouldn’t mind holding up traffic for a minute while I loaded my stuff.
When I got to the check-out counter, for some unexplainable reason I said, “Anybody got a lunch break coming up?” not even thinking it was 10 in the morning.
This nice young man said, “I have one in 15 minutes.”
I said, “How would you like to do a wonderful favor for somebody?”
He said, “Sure.”
I said, “But you don’t even know what it is yet.”
He said, “No problem.”
I said, “Would you drive me and my groceries to Florida?”
He said, “Well, I don’t know if my car would make it, but I’d try.”
I said, “Well, then, this is easy. Could you, on your break, take me to West Glenwood? I’ve overdone it and don’t know how I’ll get all this home.”
He said simply, “No problem.”
He packed me up and loaded the groceries, some 10 bags, drove me home, helped me unload, with a smile on his face all the way.
There have been times, and I know all you bus riders will agree, schlepping groceries home can be quite challenging. I thanked him and he smiled as he left.
To City Market, thank you for your great prices and convenience. I wanted you to know you have a great employee. He is a senior at Glenwood Springs High School. To the girls, he’s a great catch, to his parents, you’ve raised a great kid. To Glenwood Springs, there are some really nice people out there. To Conner Austin-Martin, you’re a great person and my special Santa this year. Thank you.
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