Remember when I wrote about the lady at Walmart that I was interested in becoming friends with? Well, after all this time, I finally had the perfect opportunity arise so that we might be able to get beyond our typical banter in the checkout lane.
This afternoon, I stopped in to pick up something for dinner and noticed that she was working. This was the first time that I had seen her there in a few weeks, and although her lane was quite busy, I thought “what the heck” and waited. She noticed me well before I was even close to the register and started making small talk. Once the customers in front of me were gone and she began scanning my items, I asked her what she had been up to, which started a rather lengthy conversation about her previous day.
Seeing that other customers were needing attention and fearing that I was going to let another opportunity pass me by, I asked if she liked to go bowling. She laughed and began poking fun at herself for not being very skillful at the game, even joking that we just wanted to watch her make a fool of herself. I told her that we like to go bowling from time to time with friends, but only because we enjoy it… definitely not because we are any good at it. (Sidenote: Wii bowling does NOT improve your abilities in real life – a lesson I learned the hard way last weekend.)
Seeing that she was at least open to the idea of doing something, I told her that I enjoyed talking with her and that maybe we could go out for dinner sometime. She reacted with much enthusiasm and offered her phone number. We exchanged full names and digits and parted ways assuring one another that we would get in touch.
So, thanks to all of you guys that commented on my earlier post and gave me pointers on how to handle this situation. I’ll keep you posted on how things develop.