THE CHEESE LADY

Movies and television are okay, but if you really want entertainment, just look around at the people that we rub shoulders with everyday. Life itself is the greatest entertainment there is. But you’ll miss a lot of life and people if you’re never willing to take some risks. Some of the best memories in my life are when I was willing to take a risk with people (like here, here, and here). If you’ll open your eyes, and take some risks, you might meet some amazing people …. like the cheese lady …

Last week while flying back from Miami, I sat next to a lady on the plane who during the flight grabbed her huge purse and pulled out a big block of cheese wrapped in clear saran wrap. Yea, cheese! I tried hard to watch her without her knowing that I was. Questions immediately started rushing through my mind like… “Who carries a block of cheese in their purse … on a plane. What is she going to do with this cheese? And, isn’t cheese supposed to be refrigerated? How long has this been in her purse?” No sooner than I had finished asking myself these questions, she looked at me and said, “Would you like some cheese?”
I was totally caught off guard. I looked at her and said what I figured anyone else would say, “Sure, I’d love some cheese.” I guess since there is a no-knife-rule on planes, she broke me off a hunk with her hands and said, “Here you go.” Then she broke off a piece of cheese for herself and started to eat t00. We smiled at one another while eating our cheese. I finally broke the silence by saying, “Tastes a little like mozzarella.” She shook her head and simply said, “Yea, I guess it does.”
She then grabbed her huge purse again and excitedly said, “Would you like to read my magazine?” I smiled again between bites of cheese and said, “Sure. Thanks.” I was curious to see what kind of magazine a woman who carries cheese in her purse would have. She handed me her TIME magazine to go with my cheese.
There I sat 30,000 feet above the ground, eating cheese with a total stranger. We chit-chatted for the rest of the flight and in no time we were landing in Dallas. Before we exited, I thanked her for sharing her cheese and magazine. She smiled and said, “Anytime.”
Silly me … I had worried all morning about what I was going to do to entertain myself during a two-and-a-half hour flight. Had I only known I was going to sit next to a kind lady with a purse full of cheese, I wouldn’t have worried a bit. That, my friends, was pure entertainment.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Haley says:

    wait, she didn't even know what kind of cheese she had?? Oh, too funny! I personally cannot eat cheese unless it is very cold; so I would not have been as brave. Glad you enjoyed your cheese and Time (both the magazine and the amount spent with the cheese lady!)

    Oh and thanks for the Happy Birthday wishes! Read your comment on my sisters blog!

  2. L.C.T. says:

    See, now I admire that. Had I been offered I think I would have said "No, thank you."

  3. NB says:

    Moms always say "Never take food from strangers!" Did you forget?

    I like to observe people also. It certainly can be very entertaining! Sometimes it can be very touching also.

    I often wonder about people who never stop talking long enough to look around them and watch what is going on. They miss out on so much of the world and never even realize it.

  4. Larissa says:

    And I bet while you were sitting there experiencing this you immediately thought, "I'm going to have to blog about this."

  5. Timbra says:

    i will now NEVER turn down cheese on a plane :) don't you just LOVE people? People are so great, you just never know what you're gonna get! I'm totally going to pack random and confusing snacks in my purse when I fly from now on!!!

  6. TREY MORGAN says:

    I wondered what she was thinking through the whole thing… :)

  7. Peter p says:

    I'm goign to have to start carrying cheese with me!

  8. Searching says:

    So being from WI I find nothing strange or unusual about carrying a hunk of cheese with you on a plane. Doesn't everyone snack on cheese? Seriously, what do people snack on if there isn't cheese?
    :-)

  9. Searching says:

    So I just read your post to my hubby and I am suppose to inform you and many readers that chedder and many other cheeses are suppose to be served at room temperature.

    Come to WI, we will take you to some real cheese factories :-)

  10. Stoogelover says:

    Trey, you should delete this post before the TSA gets wind of people smuggling cheese onto aircraft. Surely there is a national risk involved here.

  11. Keith Brenton says:

    When you saw she had cheese in her purse, I'm glad you didn't cheddar about it.

    Gouda for you!

    Were you on Swiss Air?

  12. Bob says:

    Hey Trey, I'm glad you had a much nicer trip back home than I did. After Casey and Mike left me at the airport, I flew hope with one passenger to my right snoring and demostrating signs of sleep apnea and the other passenger to my left engrossed in his own magazine that I welcomed every package of nuts the airline had to offer. :-)

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