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Silly String for Small Face
My friend told me once that she can make any situation better or at least more
interesting, and I didn’t really listen because I only care about actions, not words.
I do, of course, remember some words on occasion, and I think I vaguely
remembered her saying ‘make things more interesting.’ So, after we started
working at a toy store--about two or three weeks ago--I asked her if she could make my
situation more interesting. She accepted the challenge.
I work at check stand #6. My friend approached “#6” and handed me a can
of silly string. She told me that when a man with a blue shirt passed through my line I
should give him the silly string and let him know that it was free of charge.
Being naturally suspicious, I assumed that she might be playing a cruel joke on me,
so I asked her if she had actually paid for the silly string. She rolled her eyes and
pulled a quarter-crumpled receipt out of her pocket and let me have it. Sure enough, the
receipt said she had purchased a can of green silly string only ½ hour before. I asked
what the man looked like. She said he was tall with glasses and a dark receding hairline. I
asked her how she knew he would go through my checkout line. She looked around and told me
that after 10:30 at night I was always the last checker working on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I
looked around too and remembered she was right.
“Well,” I said “All right, but I have to know what will
“Just trust me” she said and then she walked off, leaving her green silly
string on my conveyer belt.
Fifteen minutes later the man my friend had described walked through my line. I said
hello and after he had purchased his items, I asked him if he would like some free green
“What?” he said.
string?” a small face said from behind the man.
“Yeah, silly string,” I said.
“Dad!” The small face said. “That stuff can shoot with lots of
pressure!” The man shot me a grin plus a raised eyebrow and said “well all
right” and I put the silly string in their bag. The man pulled it out of the bag and
handed it to the small face. The small face looked at the silly string and smiled as his
small hands wrapped around the canister.
I had to admit that the night was getting more interesting.
“So you made the kid happy,” I said.
“His name is Kev,” she said.
“How do you know his name?”
“I used to work at the day care center where he stays during the
“Oh,” I said, “Why the silly string?”
“He likes it,” she said. “We talked about pressure during our
science unit and he kept trying to blow things up. Kind of annoying you know….but
cute. He just kept talking about pressure for days and when I showed the kids how aerosol
silly string cans can release pressure, he begged to spray the can for days.”
“Oh,” I said. “Are you going to do that again?”
“Maybe,” she shrugged.
About the Author:
About the Author: Marci Crane is a web content specialist for 10x
Marketing in Orem, Utah. Do something nice for someone else! Plan a party for someone you
love and make it crazy-fun with silly string, a mylar balloon, a balloon drop, a party favor or a glow stick.