(Writers Note: Sticking to my author guidance and changing the names.)
I came across so many examples of comradeship in the most unexpected places yesterday while I was working. It made me think about all the small things everyone does for each other without even realising, or even without the person it benefiting truly appreciating the gesture. It's small things like that which I notice most because, all together, they add up to the raw basics of our human anatomy: our capacity to love. I'm not talking about all that mushy love, but the love you get when you realise that, if only for a brief moment, everyone is human and everyone has the same instincts and emotions. People just use them differently.
So firstly i was running low on some coins in my till so I called James who came down with what I needed, left it under the counter and typed some stuff so the till would register it was getting more money. This typing made the till draw open. James had his hand there already and pushed it back in fluidly. Normal? Well, actually I'm pretty sure it is. But my point is that if he hadn't thought about stopping that draw, it would have hit me and it would have hurt. James saved me from getting hurt. I was looking, I was capable of getting to the draw in time (probably) and the fact that he did it made me realise that there is always someone who cares.
Second, I had a customer who wanted something I had no clue how to get for them so, leaving my colleague at the tills, I went to try and work it out for myself. On failing that (somehow managing to think something would open if I put the key in upside down, don't ask) I ran up to find James again. From his office thing I could hear music playing and thought: 'Ahhh, he's on break'. I decided it couldn't hurt to ask so I knocked and explained. "Oh, let me show you." Was his response. Awestruck that he took five minutes out of his time just to show me how to do something, I followed him. It would have been perfectly easy not to mention acceptable if he had just said to get someone else to show me. But he made sure I wouldn't be in that situation again, that I wouldn't have to depend on others; so I could be a real team player. He made me feel like he was preparing me to be able to help others should the situation happen again; that's all I want to do, help people.
Thirdly is one, or rather many, that have been going on in the five weeks I've worked and will go on for however long they want to keep me. When I'm on the tills with someone, so far it's always been Sam. It's cool when we have no customers because we can talk, hence why I know him better than anyone else I work with. But, arguably, its even better when we are swamped with people. If one of us has two seconds to spare and we happen to be listening to the others conversation, we'd act on it. If Sam needed a free gift with the papers, I'd reach left, grab it then hand it to him. Likewise if I needed cigarettes, Sam will help me by getting it for me. You get the picture. We don't need to say thank you, we repay our debts quickly and, besides, we both know we'd say it anyway.
Finally I was walking back from a park near my house on my own and stopped at a pelican crossing by a roundabout. As soon as I pressed the button I started hearing sirens blaring. 'Do police cars stop at pelican crossings?' I thought in a panic to myself as the sirens drew closer but the lights showed no sign of changing. Just as it went green, I noticed two police cars heading straight over the roundabout towards me. So I stayed put and watched on. Then, calmly as if he were merely doing twenty miles an hour, the policeman put his hand up to thank me. I smiled and nodded back and crossed the road after them.
I learnt two things. The first is that no matter where you are or how stretched you and a colleague are, people can always find time to help each other. Whether its a simple book of stamps or making you a team player step by step, love for a fellow human couldn't be stronger.
And no matter what someone's doing, you can find comradeship in the most unexpected places.