I Think I Met an Angel at the Sartell Walmart

I think I met an angel in Walmart tonight

I had to stop into Walmart in Sartell to pick up fabric for some orders I had got for my new dog bandana business, Minnesota Mutt Co. I was going to stop in before I went to the gym, but I was cutting it close on time and decided to go after.

As I was sifting through fat quarters, a woman walked down the aisle and said, “they don’t make this easy do they?”

I replied with, “no there are way too many good options!”

That sparked a 20 minute session of us talking and pairing different fabrics. I told her I was looking for fabric to fill some orders I got for the new business I had just started two weeks ago. She went on to tell me that she and her sisters are all super crafty, and while she isn’t the best sewer she gives it a go every now and then.

As we were pairing fabrics, I learned that she grew up on Big Birch Lake in Grey Eagle, and had even fished on the nearby lake my family is on.

She was so sweet and told me all about projects she’s done, her kids, and how her son in law wants her to move in with their family in Minneapolis. We even bonded over a love of Dolly Parton.

Currently she helps her sister create the board game, Carbles, out of her sister’s home in Freeport. She said the business does really well and ships world wide.

As we parted, we added each other on Facebook and swapped emails. She gave me some really good advice saying that she thinks my dog bandana idea is great, and I just gotta give it my all. People will be negative, but just ignore them and keep going. She said I just have to do my best and good things will come.

There is a book by Mitch Albom called “The Five People You Meet in Heaven“. The premise is that when you go to heaven there are five people you meet who had some sort of impact on your earthly life, and you may not have realized it at the time. I think I met one of my people at Walmart tonight.

2020 has been a really trying year mentally for me, and I know it has been for a lot of other people too. The world has been turned upside down, and it has really taken a toll on my motivation. This dog bandana business was something I started on a whim, just because sewing was such a good distraction from the craziness outside my door. This new friend I made at Walmart was telling me everything I needed to hear to keep pushing forward.

Chrissie Hill was a blessing in the fabric aisle tonight, and I’m so glad I decided to go shopping after the gym and not before.

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