As discussed yesterday I had ran out of cereal and as such had to have toast this morning., Marmite on toast to be specific. I had become to the relatively energy donating Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes and found myself this morning really craving some something sweet, a bit of an energy giver so at lunch I popped to Tesco to find myself a new cereal.
A few friends are taking part in trying to complete 40 Random Acts of Kindness during Lent which started today, I scanned the list and saw “1. Get something from a shelf in a supermarket for someone that can’t reach.” perfect I thought, I will be able to tick this off the list today. Unfortunately I was a bit tired and sluggish and maybe not as alert as usually due to the lack of cereal in my day so far. In my head I thought I will just wait near the cereal aisle and wait until I see someone reaching for something and then offer help, that will be kind I thought. After about 5 minutes of pretending to be reading the back of a box of Krave Caramel and Chocolate cereal. I saw an elderly short lady pottering around with another old lady who was considerably frailer. I assumed the elderly lady must be taking the frail lady shopping, so I stood there and watched them for a couple of minutes (which in hindsight might not have been a great idea and possibly scared them), then I saw my chance, the elderly lady was stretching for a jar of thick cut marmalade, I walked towards them (possibly too fast, but I needed to get there quickly), “Good afternoon!” I said. ”Oh ummmm errr hello” she said. ”This might sound a bit strange but our youth group are trying to complete 40 random acts of kindness for lent and I am trying to help someone reach something they can’t. You seem to be struggling to reach that marmalade, can I get it for you?” I enquired. ”Oh right, yes OK if you like” she said. ”Oh can you take a picture of me getting it for you on my iPhone please?” I asked. She was confused by this point but said she would and after a fair bit of confusion that is to be expected when you try to teach an elderly (80+) lady how to use an iPhone she held it up and I posed reaching for the jar of marmalade:
She never claimed to be a photographer but even still this was a poor shot by anyones standards, not helped by her cry of “oh no! I’ve broke it! It’s all gone black” when it was simply the shutter going down which blurred the shot a bit. I asked her kindly to try again but this time do better, maybe include the subject (marmalade) and person (me).
Much better. She was pleased with herself, she had done well. I then asked her to illustrate the struggle she had had with the marmalade in the first place (and this is where problems started), she posed and I took the photo:
Now to you and me this is a perfectly innocent and logical photo of an elderly lady stretching for some thick cut marmalade. Unfortunately for me the elderly lady’s frail friend (who let’s not forget had been watched by me for a good couple of minutes prior to our meeting) thought that at this point I was mugging her friend, she thought I had made her face the marmalade shelves whilst I stole her stuff. I could hear the frail friend muttering but ignored it, I was trying to take, what I am sure you will agree is a good photo. I thanked the elderly lady and we turned to face her frail friend, this is when we/I realised what she was muttering. She had clutched the trolley handle, folded her head right down in to her shallow trolley and was saying “please let us go, please let us go, please let us go!”. This was not good, she was really scared. My heart sank, I didn’t know what to do, her friend tried explaining what in hindsight was a strange situation. I did what I thought was best, shouted “thank you!” and walked at pace away, to hide in the milk aisle far away from them so no one thought I had actually tried mugging them. This is what happens when you do not have cereal for breakfast and your not as aware of the ways of the world.
I bought my cereal and drove back to work to eat. After that episode I was genuinely shaken up and felt terrible that I had scared this lady, so I calmed myself down by trying some new cereal for me.
Kellogg’s Krave (spelt with a ‘K’ in the same way people trying to sell stuff to teenagers in the 90s spelt ‘Krazy’ and ‘Kool’!) Chocolate Caramel flavour. I have had Krave before the normal chocolate flavours and I love them. They are packed in a borrowers size box which unbelievably Kellogg’s claims there to be 12 servings in. I poured out these and poured on the milk. They tasted peculiar, the best way to describe them is a crispy, crunchy Creme Caramel. The little things you can make (if you are Mary Berry) or buy in pots in supermarkets. They were really nice, not as nice as the normal chocolate ones, but still great. A real energy boost and it worked to calm my worries about the old lady incident. They say “taste great hot” on the box, so tomorrow morning we shall see!