Friday, May 14, 2010

Pharmacy Notes

OK. This interaction was just too fun for me not to share it with you.

As I'm sure you understand, it's vitally important that we give the correct prescription to customers at the pharmacy. One of the ways we confirm the correct identity is by asking for a verification of the birth date of the person for whom the prescription has been written.
Well, last Friday a young man came to the pharmacy to pick something up for a female. (So I obviously knew it wasn't for him.) When I asked him to provide the birth date for the prescription's recipient, he fumbled. He got the month, wasn't sure about the day, and really had no idea about the year.
We made confirmation via other means, but then I asked this young man what his relationship was to the Rx recipient. He stammered, "Uh, she's my mom."

I couldn't resist...

I (gently) pounded my hand on the counter and said, "You don't know your mother's birthday???"
He smiled, sheepishly.
I continued, "Do you know what day it is Sunday?"
He said, "Mother's Day."
"Yes. It is. Have you gotten her a card yet?"
He just looked at me and smiled.
"Because I don't know if I can give you this prescription if you aren't going to also get your mother a card." I leaned forward and pointed toward the card section. "They're right over there. Promise me you're going to go straight over there and buy her a card when you're finished here."
"Good. Here you go."
We finished the transaction, and I trust that young man went over to pick up a Mother's Day card.

As the next customer approached the counter (A woman, in her 50's, I'm guessing.) she was chuckling. I just smiled at her and said, "I imagine someone will need to help my sons like that some day."

We moms need to stick together!



Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Hahahahaha. Poor thing. He'll make some woman a good husband someday!!


gianna said...

AWESOME! I have no other words. Other than you tell a great story! I can just picture you doing this, too! You are so funny!

Mari said...

I love this! Hopefully you taught him a lesson, in a positive way. :)

Mary said...

If he didn't get what you were doing right then, I can assure you one day he'll look back and ask God to bless you for making his life a bit easier in that moment.


Heather {Desperately Seeking} said...

Thank you.... perhaps I need to send the boy to your pharmacy counter... Saturday, I was all over town trying to find something for his mother. He was not concerned. It was at that moment that I realized that if he wasn't concerned about his mother, he forgot about me...

but we used it as a learning lesson... because when i explained to him that it wasn't a gift from a list of things that i wanted, rather a gift from the heart, his whole view and attitude changed.... and i'm pretty sure mother's day has been celebrated all week because he won't let me do ANYTHING... and he's got a big surprise cooked up for Sunday.

luvmy4sons said...

LOL! Oh you! That is too funny! Love it!

O Mom said...

I just love this story.

Irritable Mother said...

Leah - Yes. I imagine he will!

Gianna - Thanks. You're picturing me with a smile, right? I wasn't being mean to him - just having some fun, for his mother's benefit. *grin*

Mari - I hope so, too!

Mary - That would be nice. :)

Heather - Learning lessons are good!
And something's cooking for Sunday? I hear it's going to be a big day!

Leslie - You would know - our sons need that help!

O Mom - Thanks. I do, too. :)

Patricia/NYC said...

CUTE story, Karen!! Classic "good mom" direction you gave to him! :)

happyhome said...

That is AWESOME! I'm sure that mother would thank you if she could.

LauraLee Shaw said...

That's adorable! Love it, love it!!!

Irritable Mother said...

Patricia - *grin* Just doin' my part!

Angela - I hope her day was brightened.

LauraLee - Thanks.

Laura said...

Loved this!

Did he happen to be about 5'9" with red hair... HA!

You're right -- we moms need to stick together.

Irritable Mother said...

Laura - Was that your son? LOL!