It is now Cyber Monday and I am officially 98% prepared for Christmas. I actually braved Black Friday for my first time ever this past week. I used to work retail at a store proud of blue lightbulbs, and as such had a pretty jaded view of what the day would bring. I trained for weeks, honing my ninja-like skills. I practiced wall crawling, concealment, and hand-to-hand combat. I awoke Friday morning at 3 a.m. and fuelled up on caffeine. I strapped on my ninja gear (an Adidas hoodie and cargo pants) and braved the elements. I played my music loud on the way to Sears in the Valley to serve a dual purpose: 1. To psyche up for the battle ahead, and 2. To keep awake by sonically assaulting my head. I parked at Sears at approximately 3:30, strapped on my iPod, and gave myself a confident nod in the rearview mirror. But was I ready? I walked up to the line, drinking coffee and dancing slightly to the rocking tunes causing me to go prematurely deaf (or so the doctors warn.) The enemies surrounding me in line seemed nice enough, but I know they were only out for them. It was only a matter of time before it got ugly. The doors would unlock, and greedy mayhem would ensue. At 3:58 a.m. the anticpation was palpable. I was ready to experience Black Friday, for good or bad. As the doors unlocked, we filed in to the store. I grabbed the 2 boxes I needed and miraculously had a decent conversation with a gentleman nearby. I checked out quickly and made my way to the doors with 2 huge boxes and no cart. The doors were mocking me with their closedness. How was I to leave and take this newfound booty home? What would I do?  A Christmas miracle occured right then. I stand in front of you (figuratively) a witness of a true miracle. Two complete strangers held two separate doors for me. I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. This one act of politeness proved to me that humanity is alive and well! It may seem a little ridiculous to get so excited about two women holding a door for me on Black Friday, but sometimes it is easy to think that we are all out for ourselves. Especially on the best deal day of the year. These two women demonstrated that I can remain hopeful for the future for my son, and all of the future generations. To quote Gandhi, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

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3 Comments

  1. Kristina

    December 2, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I think I would like to order a copy of your training video for Black Friday. Wall crawling and all! That could be a good business venture for you lol. It is good to see that those women helped you out. As you mentioned humanity is alive and well! Thats always good to know!

  2. Anne

    December 3, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Wow! You are brave. I used to work retail and had to be to work at 4am on the feared black friday. This definitely jaded me and I now refuse to shop on black friday. I did go shopping on saturday though and got some good deals ($3.00 dvds!). If you have those special objects you really want it can be worth it to get up early. I’m a little late on jumping on the online shopping bandwagon….but I’m really lovin the online shopping this year. A lot of the stores that had good deals in the store had the same good deals online!

  3. Katlin

    December 8, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Black Friday is the best day to shop! You get the best deals ever!

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