I love a windy day. I always have.
There were times in my childhood I would stand in the backyard and let the breezes toss my curls. I’d close my eyes and lift my face, stretch out my arms, and let the wind wrap itself around me. Today was like one of those days.
I decided today was the day to go grocery shopping. So I boarded my little Kia Rio and took off, heading north on Highway 69 to Tyler. The road is a pretty straight cut through ranch land, roadside trees, and a few small communities. Driving along, I could feel the wind blowing from west to east push the car to the right a little. I steered to the left a little, letting the rush know I was in charge. That’s not always the case as we’ve recently seen in three major hurricanes. But today, the wind was gentler than hurricane force.
Arriving at the Super One Grocery Store on South Broadway, I enjoyed the autumn breezes crossing the parking lot and playing erratic games with paper flyers that escaped from someone’s cart. The wind lifted my spirits and I greeted everyone I met with a smile and a “hello.” They smiled and said, “Hello”‘ or a friendly, “How’re you doin’ today?”
There was no wind in the store, but my exuberance wasn’t left at the door.
Meandering the aisles in the store, I smiled at others as we passed one another. They smiled back.
I said, “Hello.” They said, “Hello” or “Hi” and we each went our own way.
We didn’t need a long conversation. A simple smile and a greeting were all that was necessary. It lifted my spirits a little more, and I hope it was enough to add a little happiness to someone else’s day, too.
I love a windy day.