Patience is a Virtue

Stevie Turner

I was at the supermarket checkout this afternoon, and as I loaded my purchases into bags I could hear a bit of a commotion across the aisle at another checkout.  A young man did not have enough money to pay for his food.  The queue behind him was shifting about impatiently as he slowly decided which things he could do without.  What I took to be his support worker was helping him to decide, as he didn’t have much of a clue about prices.  He didn’t seem to be particularly bothered about the tutting and sighing emanating from behind.

This struck home with me, as I remember only too well being in a similar position when I had two young children and living on one wage.  I had one son bashing his head on the floor because he didn’t like shopping, and the other one screaming because feeding time had…

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