I experienced the strangest thing yesterday. I was at my local health-food store stocking up on a few essentials we were running low on, when I got chatting to the shop assistant, like I always do. She remembered I’d been in there buying ginger lollies the day before we left for Vietnam, hoping they may help ease Ada’s travel sickness, so she asked how our trip was. She’d just finished serving me, handing back my change as I answered her question in the most condensed way I knew how. We’d chatted for maybe 30 seconds after the money was exchanged when the older lady behind me chimed in “excuse me”, but not very nicely. The shop attendant looked straight at her and said “sorry, I’m just finishing up with this customer, I’ll be with you in two seconds”, as she grabbed the ladies purchase to weigh and price while we finished up our 3 sentence conversation. Exactly 5 words later, the lady stormed off in a huff saying she no longer wanted to buy anything. I stood there stunned. I know we all have bad days, no one is immune to this. And I do know how annoying it is when you get stuck in a long line when you’re in a rush. But this situation was neither of these, the line was not long (she had only lined up behind me about 10 seconds before butting in) and I saw her a little later walking around the vegetable shop a few doors down, not looking in any great hurry at all. She had been waiting approximately 30 seconds after my purchase time was officially over, not 5-10 minutes, so really what was the problem?!
I’d love to say it was just a one off for her, a bad day or something, but judging by the if-looks-could-kill glare she gave me when our eyes met in the vege store, I hate to say it, but I think that is just how that particular lady lives her life. Angry with the world and beyond intolerant of others. It made me sad. I held my tongue and didn’t say anything to her, but all the way home I was wishing I’d gone up to her, gently grabbed her arm and said “can I please give you a little unsolicited advice? If you’d just chill out a tad, your life would be so much more enjoyable. Life really isn’t that bad.”
I guess her actions hit me harder given that we have just returned home from Vietnam, where people have lived through hell and most have nothing, but still they celebrate life with a smile on their faces and a spring in their step. Ever since I was 10 years old when my family travelled to Bali, Indonesia for the first time and I got to see how so much of the world lives, I’ve been saying if only everyone in the world were able to travel, the world would be a much better place. I mean, there’s nothing like a little shock to the system seeing people sleep on the street or peeping into a house the size of our bathroom, where a family of 6 live and sleep together to kinda put things into perspective now is there? I am so thankful for all that I have and I wish more people could just see what they have and give thanks, ya know? Maybe what that lady really needed, was someone to talk to. To give her a hug or help her out. I will never know. Or maybe what she really needed, was a popsicle! That would chill her out, no? 🙂
We love homemade popsicles (ice-blocks for my kiwi readers and icy-poles for my Aussie friends!) in this house. And I pretty much have at least one tray on the go all the time throughout the hot summer months. These lemon berry ones are super simple to prepare only requiring a handful of lemons, some honey and whatever berries (or other fruits) you may have kicking around and are a lovely way to cool down on a sticky hot day. If you’re looking to try a bunch of popsicles out this summer, make sure you check out my other recipe links below… (the roasted strawberry ones are also featured in the current issue of Elle Magazine, whoop, whoop!).
Roasted strawberry, orange + pink peppercorn posicles (vegan)
Pink grapefruit + rosemary popsicles (vegan)
Strawberry coconut popsicles (vegan)
Pineapple + mint popsicles (vegan)
Mango yoghurt popsicles
Happy New Years! Celebrate life + smile xx