Paying it Forward at the Grocery Store

rainy morning

Rainy Morning

I ran into the grocery store this morning, still dressed in my gym clothes. I was going to get some quick deli food to give someone that I knew was going to be very busy around dinner time. In a hurry, I strode toward the entrance, when I heard a little voice say “Ma’am…ma’am!” I looked over to my right and saw a little white-haired lady about 4’8″ beckoning to me. As I got closer, she said “Would you like a store coupon? I just realized I forgot to use it when I checked out. This is the second time I’ve done that lately!”

“Oh”, I said, “you can just use it next time…”

“No!” she said. “It expires tomorrow.” Then she faltered, “I mean, it’s five dollars off fifty, if you weren’t going to spend that much…” her voice trailed off.

“OK,” I said, “thank you very much!

Her eyes sparkled.

I hadn’t planned to spend fifty, but there were a few other things I could stock up on…

As I breezed through the store imagining what someone would like to eat for a quick meal, the shopping cart filled up quickly. Then, at the checkout, that pretty young mom we took an iPhone pic of with Santa last Christmas (DH plays a few Santa gigs in December) took a book of coupons out from under the counter and, right in front of the manager, scanned one that gave me another $2 off my order! The manager offered to carry my groceries out to the car in the pouring rain, but I thanked him and said it wouldn’t be necessary…

I’m thankful for sweet, kind people. <3

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kanzensakura
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 21:51:10

    They really do make your heart smile, don’t they?


  2. y. prior
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 02:20:26

    how sweet!!! :)


  3. ethgran
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 11:47:28

    I am thankful for Publix and living in Florida. I nearly always leave that store with a smile on my face. Workers and other shoppers make it a nice experience.


    Apr 27, 2014 @ 11:21:42

    I always say that what goes round, comes round. It doesn’t just mean bad deeds, it means even more that we should always be kind – a very undervalued word – and gracious. Even if we can’t always afford to be as generous as we’d like, a smile costs nothing does it?


  5. Naomi Baltuck
    May 28, 2014 @ 15:57:18

    Sweet! And don’t forget that you were on a mission of mercy yourself. Yes, there are many good people out there!


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