Share the Season... people amaze me every day.
I was riding my bike around town the other day, just going to take care of useless erands (basically an excuse for me to be on my bike in 40* weather) like buying some new snowboarding gloves, getting some stamps and christmas cards for the famliy, and picking up some juice.
I was on my way home and stop at a local Acme store and search and search and finally found the juice I wanted. This Acme was not your top of the line place, it was kind of run down, in a bad neighborhood, and most of the people shopping there were black, or old, or both. Doesnt bother me, I dont have a racist hair on my body, just trying to paint you all a picture, as I am 5'10' white boy walking into this store with my bright red riding gear on, trying to get a back pack off of my shoulders that was stuck on my armor.
Anyways I find myself with my juice and my checkbook at the check-out and the teenage boy ringing me up tells me I need an Acme card to use a check. well i didnt have any plastic or cash on me at the moment, so I asked him if i could get one. "No". was his answer. I try an old credit card to buy me time to check my pockets for loose bills or something to barter with and as the card is declined (as i knew it would be) the middle-aged black lady behind me quitely asks the boy how much the juice was. "3.45" he replies. I'm speechless, i didnt believe she was about to do what I thought she was gonna do.
"dont worry about that son, I'll get it for you". Looking at her cart I see she has generic vegetables, generic crackers, generic cereal... things that I would never even put in my own grocery cart.
I was still speachless, i could not believe the humility of this woman, she had truely touched my heart.
I offered to write her a check but she declined, and told me that it was not problem at all. I insisted, she refused, with the biggest smile on her face.
I grabbed the juice and put it in my backpack, and headed out to my bike as the sun was going down. All the while I'm thinking "That is the kindest most genuine thing I have ever witnessed". I was doing my pre-ride home check of the bike and getting ready to start it up whe I noticed her walk out of the store and walk to her old beat up lincholn. I quickly got the cards and stamps out of my tank bag and a pen and my check book out of my pocket. I wrote her a check for $50.00 dollars and slipped it in a christmas card after writing:
"If you dont cash this for yourself, cash it for somebody else and continue to spread good spirit. You kindness is touching"
I rode up to her car, and handed her the card. She looked confused at first, but I told her I had just bought some christmas cards and she deserved my first one. She smiled and told me "god bless" and I said the same to her with probobly the biggest grin on my face I've had in a while.
Its moments like these that really fuel my faith in humanity. I've never spent 50 dollars better in my life.
Her name is Noel. this story was no lie. merry christmas
Last edited by NONE_too_SOFT; 12-04-2006 at 11:26 PM.