Not a typical IDWHL, but a sweet happy ending one. No drama or anything, just wanted to share this since last year and finally made an account.
I just got out of my college class for environmental science. It was a horrible day, we had our final and our professor who played favorites, made 3/4 of the class fail due to her horrible notes and tests that made so sense. I was one of those students who worked very hard to just pass but was apparently not ‘studying’ enough and was doomed to fail.
So, to try and pick myself up after a miserable 3 HRS final, I go to the nearby bookstore (B&N if you know what I mean) and browse some manga (Japanese comics basically but read right to left)
As I’m browsing, a sweet old woman was wandering down the aisle with a sticky note in her hand looking over the shelves, looking very confused.
She then sees me browsing the shelves and walks over. Here’s the conversation:
OL: Excuse me miss? Could you help me?
OP: Sure! What do you need? (Sweet old lady needs my help? My sad mood instantly goes away)
OL: My grandson is very young and loves this comics so I wanted to surprise him with the ones he was asking for but I’m a bit confused with them, do you know what these ones are?
-shows me the sticky note that has 4 things written on it. All of them had one name in common: JOJO. (A very popular series that even though it’s not my type of manga, I’ve heard of it)
OP: OH! I know these! There very popular! Follow me, I know where they are.
Turns out she was just in the wrong side of the aisle wall, she and I were on the L-Z side and the A-K side
was where she needed to be.
OP: Here they are! Let’s see if they have the ones you need.
OL: Thank you very much! The book covers were very confusing. (Understandable, the covers for these are very extravagant) I need the Part 1, vol 1, 2, and 3 and the part 2 vol 1.
OP: I see all of the Part 1 books here but no Part 2, sorry. Oh! It says here if you buy 3 books under the same name you get one free. So there’s a plus!
OL: Oh thank you!
I grab the books off the shelf for her since they were on the bottom and I didn’t want her to risk injuring herself (she was really old, I mean like sweet grandma on a rocking chair old) and offered to carry them to the cashier.
OL: I would appreciate that very much, let me just get my husband and we can go.
As we rounded the corner back to where my bag was, I see what I assume to be her husband also looking at the shelves.
OL: Don’t worry! I found them! Well, most of them, we just need to go to another place for the last one.
OM: Really? Who helped you?
She points to me while I was reaching down to grab my bag and realized I didn’t work there.
OL: Oh! You don’t work here? I’m very sorry! I just assumed since you looked so young and thought you were stationed here.
OP: Don’t worry! Once I read the books you needed, I knew they would be tricky to find.
OM: ‘chuckling at this exchange’ Well, this place should hire you then, they need more high schoolers here to help out the older folk. Plus, it’s almost holiday season so they should be hiring in a bit.
OP: Oh I’m no high schooler, I’m now in college. I just came here to blow of some steam from my class today, and you guys made my day so I should be thanking you.
After that, we chatted all the way to the cashier and said bye to one another.
That whole exchange put a big smile on my face and a funny story to tell once I got home.