Friday, May 2, 2008

The Bank Drive-Thru Incident

Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Yesterday was one of those days for me.

I was going to have lunch with a friend. We were to meet at 11:30. Then I remembered it was the National Day of Prayer. I wanted to attend so I phoned and asked her if we could meet at city hall and then go to lunch. She agreed to meet me there.

Well, because of a mishap I did not get to city hall. She sat waiting. I phoned her and told her I wasn't able to get there. She agreed to wait until I could meet her. She had already been waiting for an hour. Such patience!

Are you still with me? Not too bored yet? Well, I hope the rest of my post will give you a chuckle.

Since I had already made my friend wait over an hour, I was rushing to meet her. The bank was not too far from the restaurant and I had no cash. I stopped by the bank drive-thru to deposit a check and get some money. I grabbed the plastic container that sends your money to the bank teller (sorry, I have no idea what to call the thing) and reached in my purse for the check. No check.

I frantically look in every section of my purse and then in the truck. Still, no check. My friend is still waiting. I am getting more stressed by the minute. Where is that check!

Finally, I give up. I pull out of the drive-thru and head for the restaurant. I would just have to use my credit card.

Do you already know what I am going to say?

Just as I am about to make a U-turn to get to the restaurant, I look down on the seat. There sits the bank's plastic thingamajig. I forgot to put it back!

Once again I call my friend and tell her I have to go back to the bank and return the stolen property! I pull up in the drive-thru hoping no one will notice me. I am the only one there. The very young man who is the teller calls out, "May I help you?" I have NEVER had a teller do that before. Normally I do my deposit and THEN they talk to me. He must have been new and wanted to make a good impression on the customers. Personally, I wish he had not been so anxious to please. Now I had to explain why I was there. I stammer through an explanation.

I put the thing back in its place. Since I was at the far drive-thru, I hope the young man didn't see me clearly. I don't want him recognizing me and snickering the next time I come in to make a deposit. Of course, I imagine he went and told everybody about the strange lady who took off with the deposit thing.

I finally arrived at the restaurant. My friend told me that, as she started to leave home, she decided to bring a book, didn't know why just threw it in her car. I think she read most of it while she was waiting! I told her if she had gone to lunch with any other friend she would simply have gone to lunch and it would have been forgotten in a few days. This one she will remember!

I am thankful for a friend who loves me and accepts me as I am.

I am thankful for a God who does the same!

Still looking for that check, Gloria


Anonymous said...

There must have been something in the air yesterday, Gloria. EVERYTHING went wrong for me, too!! Let's hope today is better.

Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

Thanks, Marge. Glad to know I was not alone. You know the old adage, "Misery loves company! :D

I hope we have a better day today, too. I'm staying away from the bank, just in case!

Nancy I. Sanders said...

What a great friend!!!! But then, you're a wonderful friend, too! (Praying you find that check!)

Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

Thanks, Nancy. I'm sure if I had been meeting you, you would have been just as kind!


P.S. I did find the check!