Austinite’s Driveway Art A Tribute To H-E-B Grocery Workers

Alex Abbott didn’t think anyone at H-E-B would see the drawing on her driveway, but she still wanted to show solidarity with workers.

By Joy Diaz & Laura RiceApril 7, 2020 2:56 pm, , ,

Alex Abbott usually creates drawings on the chalkboards at her kids’ school. But ever since schools closed because of COVID-19, she’s used her driveway as a canvas instead.

Recently, Abbott drew an homage to the grocery chain H-E-B, inspired by the lotería card “El Mundo.” In her drawing, the man carrying a globe on his back was replaced by an H-E-B worker.

She says she made the chalk drawing to show her support for everyone working at the store during the pandemic, because thanking them in person is trickier these days.

“I can’t go to H-E-B and give everybody a handshake and a high-five, but they’re on my mind,” Abbott says.

She recalls several grocery baggers who’ve made her smile over the years, even if it was during a busy holiday rush. She admires how they always seem to be “perpetually friendly.”

So, for those times, and for their work now, she wanted to show her gratitude.

“Everybody needs a little more beauty and a little show of solidarity and empathy. I guess that’s what I was hoping for,” she says.


Written by Samantha Carrizal.