I was shopping at Kroger and noticed a little old lady following me around.

I stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at me.

She finally overtook me at the checkout, and she turned to me and said,

“I hope I haven’t made you feel ill at ease; it’s just that you look so much like my late son.”

I answered, “That’s okay.”

“I know it’s silly, but if you’d call out “Good bye, Mom” as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy.”

She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, I called out, “Goodbye, Mom.”

The little old lady waved, and smiled back at me. Pleased that I had brought a little sunshine into someone’s day, I went to pay for my groceries.

“That comes to $121.85,” said the clerk.

“How come so much . I only bought 5 items..”

The clerk replied, “Yeah, but your Mother said you’d be paying for her things too.”

Vocabulary Help

  • buy (buy, bought, bought) – comprar
  • call out – gritar, falar outo
  • checkout – saída, onde ficam os caixas do mercado
  • clerk – atendente
  • follow – seguir
  • furthermore – além do mais
  • hope – esperar (de esperança)
  • how come so much? – como deu tudo isso?
  • ill at ease – desconfortável
  • keep (keep, kept, kept) – manter, ficar
  • late son – filho falecido
  • little old lady – pequena velhinha
  • make me feel so happy – me fará sentinr muito feliz
  • notice – notar
  • overtake – ultrapassar
  • pay (pay, paid, paid) – pagar
  • say (say, said, said) – dizer
  • shop – comprar
  • silly – estúpido
  • smile back – sorrir de volta
  • stare – encarar, olhar fixamente
  • stop – parar
  • sunshine – brilho de sol
  • turn to – virar-se para
  • wave acenar