Got a pen?

A few days ago, I really need a pen to write something but there is never a pen around when you really need one. That appears to be the case with a lot of things. When you really need it, it’s not available. They should do a scientific study on the disappearance of frequently used items.

The other day, I had to get a present for my friend’s birthday. I didn’t have much time so I just bought a box of chocolates and a card. I bought the box of chocolate from Laura Secord, not knowing that it was going to be rather expensive but I didn’t mind. I wanted to buy the card from Carlton but it was closed. Since I was heading up the mountain to drop off the presents anyway, I thought I’d get the card up there as well.

I dropped by Hallmark and bought a card. It’s hard to pick out a card for someone. I don’t know why because it’s just a card. But I guess most people put a lot into what they want the card to say. I just pick a card and write what I want to say. I don’t need the card to say it for me.

When I went to pay for the card, the cashier was helping someone with some things. When she finished, she and the customer walked to the cash register. I placed my card on the cash and reached for my wallet. The customer that the cashier was helping did the same. The cashier served her first even though I was in front of the line. What happened to the first come first serve rule? Just because she was helping that customer doesn’t mean she gets first priority once she gets to the cash. I would understand it if she had some items already punched into the registered but she didn’t. Because that customer was an elderly woman, I thought nothing of it.

When I went to pay for my card, the cashier asked if I wanted a butterfly insert for the card. It ones of those butterflies that you wind up and place in a card. When the recipient opens the card, the butterfly jumps out at them. I’ve been offered a few of them already and I try to hang on them but I end up using it. So don’t be surprised if you get a card from me that has a butterfly in it.

When I left Hallmark I went to sit down to write something on the card. I didn’t want to give it to my friend without signing it. That was when it occurred to me that I didn’t have a pen. I remembered that there was a Grand & Toy somewhere in the mall so I went around looking for it.

After walking around for a good thirty minutes, I couldn’t find Grand & Toy. I found out later that it had closed down. I had planned on going into Grand & Toy and using one of their tester’s pen to sign the card but that idea was ruin. Then I walked around the mall to see if my friend was working that night but she wasn’t. I needed a pen but I didn’t want to buy one because I needed bus fare to get me home. I didn’t feel like withdrawing $20 from the bank machine just to buy a pen. And I didn’t feel like having to use Interac for a $1 item. What was I do to?

I was sitting outside of The Bay when an idea popped into my head. I was staring straight into The Bay and I saw their cosmetics department. I walked around to see if I could find one of those pencil crayons that girls use for their eyes. I’m sure that The Bay has a sample one lying around somewhere. I walked around to see if I can find an empty booth. There were a lot of employees working but they were busy helping the customers. There was this one booth by the Estee Lauder that had a sample crayon. I looked around and saw that the close was clear. I whipped out my card, opened it up, signed and put the crayon away. Mission Accomplished!

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