Advice From a WalMart Cashier
I was at WalMart tonight (not my favorite place) doing my last-minute, get ready for school shopping. I had a full cart and was extremely frustrated and tired when I realized that the shortest line had 4 people in it. I had spent the previous 10 minutes running around the store, pushing an overloaded cart, looking for disposable plastic containers. (They don’t sell them at my Walmart.) I finally gave up after the second employee I ran into said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen those.”
The woman in front of me in line had two school aged children. This is the conversation between the cashier and the two children:
Cashier: Are you ready for school to start?
Little Girl: No.
Cashier: It starts tomorrow, right?
Little Girl: Yes.
Cashier: You know, you need to do good in school so you can choose what you want to be and what you want to do with your life.
Little Girl: Your job looks fun.
Cashier: Well, it is an easy job. <Pause> Study hard.
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I wanted to invite this cashier to my class tomorrow morning. I am teaching an Algebra I co-taught class this year for the first time. Some of these students failed Algebra I during their freshman year. I’m not sure how to motivate them, but I’m sure this cashier could help.