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That's a rather pretentious subject title ... especially for the one comment I have about it at the moment.
Is it me, or is there anyone else out there that feels asking God to bless America is just a little bit ... weird and frankly ... selfish?
Why not a bumper sticker that says "God Bless Earth" or "God Bless Us All?" Do we (Americans) really think ourselves that special?
Standing in a check-out line, a box of soymilk, two unnaturally shiny Granny Smith apples, a bag of popping corn, and a brick bag of cheap Brazilian coffee in my hands, I hardly expected to hear anyone, let alone a sixteen or seventeen year old cashier with pale skin and the darkest, old eyes I'd ever seen, to tell me my trip had only begun.
"There's a bug, er, a moth I think, in this bag. Josh go get him another one. Aisle six. He's going to get you another bag." Her auburn hair looked as if it was floating over her shoulders as it fell half way down her back. "I hate microwave popcorn, too. It's soooo much better cooked on the stove." She smiled and dropped the rest of my things in the plastic bag with a yellow smiley face. All I could manage was a rather genuine smile back, though she seemed fully satisfied. "I like to put Jamaican Jerk seasoning on it. You should try it, but it makes you sneeze. Heh." Another wide grin, this one made me smile even more. Josh returned and dropped my popcorn in the bag.
"Thanks." I said to him first and redirected to her with a nod.
"Thank you. Don't forget to try it. It'll only take a couple days you know." And then she was ringing out the lady behind me. I was five minutes into my walk home when I realized she wasn't talking about the popcorn at the end there. That night, though, while watching "Vertigo," I tried Jamaican Jerk popcorn for the first time. She was right. I must have sneezed twelve times. She was also right about the other part. In fact, two days later I found exactly what she said I would. You're never going to believe this part when I tell you.
This post was edited by Jaz on Apr 12, 2004.