The Cart Cleaner with Cufflinks
More of Our Canada|March 2021
A former journalist in Dubai takes pride in his new job on the frontlines
Gaurav Ghose

Our family of four recently celebrated with biryani and chicken masala and semai payesh the completion of one month of my new part-time job as a cart cleaner and greeter at a grocery and home goods centre near our adopted hometown of London, Ont. I also help out when required in the Home section, reorganize items on the toy racks and support my colleagues in the electronics and photolab department. Pre-pandemic, I had applied to similar jobs but had no luck; the need for such workers is much greater today for obvious reasons.

My drive to work takes me through acres and acres of farmland, flat as a pancake, where the depth of the horizon is at its maximum. I have always loved the blue skies and white clouds, now I love them more. Occasional rain in the darkness of the early morning hours provides a welcome change. I love the drive itself, too. CBC Radio anchors are my companions alongside my own thoughts.

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