A part of my grocery store trip the other day included my conversation with an older gentleman in the cookie aisle. He, standing on one side of the aisle, was scanning the shelves. As I approached, careful to maintain the social distance, I half commented, half asked him if they did not have what he was looking for. He responded that no, they did not as he didn’t see a specific brand of ginger snap cookies.

Now, as a connoisseur of animal crackers (Stouffer’s chocolate animal crackers are my number one), I completely understood his conundrum. For a few moments, we discussed the ginger snap situation, and I offered some potential solutions. Standing for a moment longer, I looked at him and said, “None of those would be the same, would they?” He pauses, half smiles, and agrees that no, the others would not be the same. I could not help him further, so I wished him luck and moved on with my shopping.

I saw him later, and sitting atop his cart was a bag of ginger snap cookies. He had found some that would be close enough for him to enjoy them, though definitely not the same as the ones he would have preferred.  I think that the lesson is one to remember these days. You may not find the specific thing that you want, or things may not be going in the direction that you would like, but there is always an option out there that you can choose.

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