Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Snickers and Vitamins
Yesterday in a chain-store pharmacy, I was in line behind a man clutching eight Snickers candy bars. He was about 80 years old, dressed neatly and casually, in athletic shoes and a faded baseball cap pulled low.
He (glancing at me}: "I gave up vitamins two years ago."
He: "Yeah... now, I eat a candy bar a day. Never felt better. "
Me: " Uh... (smiling). Well, they say chocolate's good for you. At least dark chocolate is, I think..."
He: "Keep's the heart going, you know."
He stuffed the bagged candy bars inside his light jacket, and glanced around the store.
He: "My daughter's visiting me from Washington DC. She's one of those Type A types..."
He: "Yeah... she has a big job with the Census Bureau there."
Me: "Great. That's great.... You must be proud."
He (winking): "I have to stay out of trouble when she's here...."
He smiled and walked out of the store, candy bars hidden from view.