I ❤️ my neighborhood Trader Joe’s store. Besides their unique products (can’t live without TJ’s reduced-guilt guacamole dip), the staff is always so friendly — and they work to make things fun.

Even waiting in line. At my store, they marked off areas in chalk, so you know precisely where to stand.

And then, you can’t help but giggle as you wait. 

Trader Joe’s Social DIstancing
Here’s where I started…
J-Lo social distancing
Just 6 people ahead of me . . .
You got that right . . .
maroon 5
Easier to wait while you’re humming a tune . . .
Hammer Social DIstancing
Yeah, tell me something I don’t know . . .
You betcha, list in hand . . .
 Mac Miller Social DIstancing
Almost there, stay with me . . .
Van Halen
Yay, first in line to go in, with a smile under my mask . . .

No matter your musical preference, there was a song for you!

No one likes to wait in line but Trader Joe’s efforts made me giggle. And no one likes to wait, yet it seemed to make everyone smile. Of course, I used the time to practice my favorite exercise routine.

Finally, like Melinda’s favorite feed store, it’s good business practice to make your customers smile. I already like shopping at Trader Joe’s, but this makes me like it even more. Plus, I walked out happy — and you know what they say: If Mama’s happy, everyone else is too!

You are never too old to find the funny in everyday stuff . . .


Hooray for the ready-made playlist!

  • “Right Now” by Van Halen
  • “Stay” by Mac Miller
  • “Are You Ready” by Creed
  • “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
  • “Wait” by Maroon 5
  • “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees
  • “I’m Waiting” by Jennifer Lopez
  • “Get Back” by Ludacris