Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Friday, June 25, 2010

it makes me sad

To see a favourite customer looking so very fragile.

This man has always been thin, but he came into the shop today looking as if a breeze could blow him over.

Now, normally, he comes in, smiling and happy to talk as I process his mountain of cat food and kitty litter, some frozen meals for himself.

He hasn't been in for a while.

Today, he shuffled in so very slowly, walking so very carefully, as if his legs might break at any step.
His face is sunken and has taken on the yellowish colour of the terminally ill.

Today, he bought only a few packets of dry cat food, nothing at all for himself to eat.

He confided that he'd just come out of hospital again and this episode had been bad.

I'm afraid that my friend is dying.


  1. Oh dear. Do you ever see him with anyone else?

  2. You may be right. I suspect, too, that he sounds like my grandfather; who just got thinner and thinner as his digestive system packed up and his body shrivelled.

    All you can hope is that he has family and friends to help him, even if the next step is a nursing home (hopefully a good one).

  3. Awww so sad. Sounds like his liver, my dad went very yellow for quite some time. People never seemed to notice or enquire. Shame, I think he might have liked the opportunity to explain.

  4. Kim, I've never seen him with anyone else in the six years I've worked there.

    Kath, I'm going to ask him next time I see him, if I see him. I know his neighbours look after his cats when he's in the hospital.

    Baino, it looks to me as if he has cancer, my parents went yellow in their final months too. He not old either, younger than me.