When we walked into Lowe's the other day I knew I was going to be in trouble. As we entered the door my eye caught sight of the jolliest Santa you'd ever want to see. He was just standing there greeting all the customers with the biggest smile on his face. I, of course, instantly fell in love with him and dubbed him Mr. Jolly.
As I approached him he called me Linda and asked if I was enjoying this holiday season. I thought he might be reading my mind but figured the joy of this holiday season was written all over my face so it was obvious to him that I was so happy.
Somehow he knew that Christmas was my most favorite time of the year. Not just for me, but the "dollies" as well. Oh, yeah. He knew all about the "dollies." Go figure!
I knew for sure that I would be coming home with him and wondered what hubby would think of this. It wasn't as if we needed another Christmas decoration. We have a few! Ya think?
Mr. Jolly asked him how he was and I knew he was smitten as well. So, we looked at each other and knew we'd be taking him home with us. We both thought he would look wonderful next to our new "pencil" tree, which we both love. So, we told him to follow us to the check out line.
When we were checking out there was only one cashier and one person in line ahead of us. When we got to the cashier there was a problem. Mr. Jolly didn't have a tag on him and she needed his item number in order to ring him in. While she was calling the holiday department I decided to run over and read the item number off the sticker where we had found him. I literally had to run as I could see that the line was building up already. Yikes! People don't like waiting in line. Especially during the holidays. Yikes!
On my way back I noticed there were "a lot"of people in the line now. In fact, it was winding down one of the aisles. Yikes!
However, the strange thing was they didn't seem annoyed. How could this be? One cashier, lots of people in line and the holiday season? They all had to be annoyed, but they weren't. It seems Mr. Jolly had won them all over as well. They were all smitten as well. Phew! I wasn't looking forward to approaching an angry mob of customers.
I told the cashier his item number which she was happy to have as she was still waiting on hold on the telephone. Two minutes later we had checked out and were walking out the door. I thought Mr. Jolly was behind us, but when I looked back he wasn't. He was still talking to the customers in line and they were all still smiling, laughing and carrying on. Simply amazing.
I went over to him and whispered in his ear that we had to go home now so he waved to all the customers and off we went.
As we were driving home hubby reminded me that the "dollies" weren't very happy the last time we brought giant nutcracker decorations home. In fact, there was a big brouhaha when we brought them inside the house.