At this point I start retracing my steps, thinking about the 1 pm meeting at work that is rapidly approaching. I'm going around the store, everywhere I walked, and don't see a key. Then I see the manager with a couple employees and approach and explain. He tells everyone to check the floors for keys, and personally goes to check carts, asking if I'd left the cart outside. (No, I left it by the door, picking up my bags of cat food.) I wonderful woman, hearing my plight, says that if I live in her direction, she could give me a ride. I thank her, but stay to keep checking. Someone runs up with my key, at that point. It was under the edge of a float near the cash registers. I profusely thank them and headed out. I call out to the woman, now loading her car in the next aisle, "They found it!" and thank her again, and she gives me a thumbs up. Somehow, I was less than five minutes late for my meeting.
I am feeling SO upbeat and optimistic about my fellow humans, right now.