While doing our routine grocery shopping this morning, I stopped by the customer service counter and talked with a couple of former co-workers. That’s when I learned my former, immediate supervisor (we’ll call him “Lenny”) was in the store today. He had quit working at the store about one or two years ago now; I happened in on his farewell party one Friday and, uncomfortably, wished him “good luck” with becoming a father and his new life. Well, I had hoped I wouldn’t run into him again today. I decided to tell my former co-workers to “tell him I said ‘Hello’ if I don’t see him today.”
Things were going fine throughout the produce section and the beginning of the bakery section, but I could see Lenny — with his daughter in the cart — talking with the bakers and deli personnel(again all people I know and worked with) and I tried desperately hard to avoid him. We managed to get by undetected and I thought we were in the clear. Not so fast!
As we finished the meat department and I was comparing nutrition facts on hot dogs, I heard Lenny’s unwelcoming voice. “Hey, hey, how’s it going?” Oh, God! I couldn’t escape now. “Okay,” I replied coolly. “How are you?” “GREAT! Great!” Then he turned to his daughter, “Can you say ‘Hi’?” His daughter said “Hi” and then he took off; I really felt uncomfortable around him. I mean what do you say to a former boss that you almost always got into a shouting match with every day you went to work or one that refused to put you back on the schedule after you graduated and could work full-time and even told him you could work again? Yes, Lenny was all these things to me and probably more.
I know I should pray for him after all, isn’t that what Jesus taught us? Pray for those who persecute you and your enemies? Anyway, this was a very uncomfortable encounter and I do wish him all the best even if I never did (and probably never will) get along with Lenny.
God, bless us — everyone (yes, even Lenny)!