Not only does she keep Store 448 white-glove tidy, Custodial Superintendent Linda doubles as cruise director. In April, she arranged a trip for about 40 Krogerfolk to a Reds game. Two weeks ago, she pinned a sign-up on the bulletin board above the fingerprint time clock for a night of bowling, only $4 each.
When I walked into Mason Bowl, about three dozen people from the store had spread over 12 lanes. Deli Angie came, so did Dairy Jared and his diamond earrings, Aneta from produce and Assistant Manager Scott. The Czarina of Checkstand Seven had even invited Mr. Bill, one of her regular customers, who in his 80s bowls in a league.
Linda’s parents, Pat and Bob, came along, too. Pat jumped up when she saw Cashier Dian, and the two women embraced. “We used to be on a league team together, right here. Linda used to play with us.” Pat said. “But this is first time I’ve been in a while.” I asked: Why’s that? “Coming back from a stroke.”
Angie had never bowled. She ended up on a team with Scott and Aneta, who heckled each other through the frames. Through flurries of advice, Angie dumped ball after ball into the gutter. Then Aneta paid for another game, and she stood with Angie, showing her how to hold the ball and to swing her arm.
Mr. Bill rolled a 182. Linda’s mom cracked 90, but she sighed as she put away her ball. “I’m rusty,” she said. Linda cackled. “You have no idea how much it means to see you play, Mom.” Pat smiled and was about to reply. But in the next lane, Aneta stepped back, Angie bowled, all 10 pins crashed, and the place went nuts.
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