It had been raining all day. Then it stopped, so I decided to go shopping for a television. Lightning had fried mine.
I went to a local Wal-Mart and got my television and a few other things, including a large umbrella. It was raining again.
The stock boy was helping me to the car with the television. I asked him if he wanted to walk under my umbrella. He said, no, he had one.
When we got to the car, imagine my surprise: His umbrella was over my purchases, and he was soaking wet. I thought his gesture was pretty neat.
Lois Darling, St. Petersburg
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