Eric smiled at the next customer to arrive at his StuffMart cash register. He immediately recognized the woman, especially since it was the fifth time he’d seen her this week. She was engulfed by three school aged children.
“I forgot to tell you. I need something for the school bake sale tomorrow,” said one child.
“How come this is Billy’s third new backpack this year when I have the same one from last year?” asked another.
“Carter’s mom lets him have a cell phone. Can I get one, too?” added the third.
Eric watched as the woman closed her eyes and silently mouthed something.
“Is everything okay?” asked Eric.
The woman smirked. “The Serenity Prayer isn’t just for alcoholics.”
“I don’t know anything about that,” replied Eric.
“Then you obviously don’t have kids,” concluded the woman.
“Can I get some gum?” asked one child.
“If Billy gets gum, I want chips,” complained the second.
“My shoes are coming apart. I can see my toes. See?” added the third.
Eric scanned the last of her items. “That’ll be $261.76,” he announced.
The woman sighed as she pulled out her card. She shook her head as she completed the transaction.
When Eric handed her the receipt, she asked, “Do you know how to turn a parent into a millionaire?”
“No, how?” replied Eric.
She smiled. “Start her out with billions. I have no doubt I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Eric waved as the woman dragged her children out of the store.