Kindness Daily: An Surprise Gift

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An Surprise Gift April 21, 2012 – Posted by cappjoc99
Last week I went to a different grocery store than usual, just to check it out. The person in front of me at the checkout was pregnant and purchasing a couple of containers of milk. No big deal, she would be done quickly and I could be on my way. Her method of payment was a WIC card and it kept telling her that it wasn’t working. A manager came over and told her to come to a different register, maybe this one was the problem. After I checked out, I noticed she was still there, trying to get her card to work.

It was obvious that the young woman was getting anxious about the purchase so I offered to pay for her purchase. She was shocked that I had even offered and very humbly accepted. She thanked me and I went on my way with a smile from her.

Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes and you never know when it will be your turn. Today I found that it was indeed my turn.

I went kayaking north of the city. It was a very hot, sunny day so I brought a large container of sports drink, figuring it would be plenty to drink. I underestimated the drain the heat and humidity would have on me. Before I got back to shore, I realized that I had finished the bottle. I still had to get back, load the boat on the car, and it would be at least a 10 minute drive to somewhere to buy more to drink.

When I got back to shore and managed to drag my boat to the car and get it strapped down, I was very hot and thirsty. Seeing a water fountain, I figured my problem was solved… but it wasn’t working at all. So, I swallowed my pride and asked a family picnicking near by if they had an extra bottle of water, which they gladly gave me. That bottle of water wasn’t a big deal to them, but it made all the difference to me.

The little things that can be done for others don’t usually seem significant to the people doing them, but it can be huge to the receivers. Thank you to all the joyful givers who don’t think twice about helping others!

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