kindness activist

kindness activist

Sunday, January 1, 2017

.06 Cents of Kindness

The other day we discovered the DOLLAR TREE.  Or the Dollar Store.  Or Family Dollar – it was something like that.  I have heard people rave about it, and we had walked though one before but I hadn’t found anything except what looked like expired crackers and really flimsy plastic plates…  But this time, oh man, this time we found TREASURES!  And get this, everything was ONE DOLLAR!  We were so excited that I giggled out loud as we roamed up and down the (somewhat messy) aisles. 

We ended up with a little stack of items, mostly prizes for a game I am planning.  But we also found 4 little dishwasher soap pods (I wonder if I got a regular sized bag and did the math if this tiny bag was a rip off or not, but no matter, I was thrilled to find a Barbie sized bag of dishwashing pods!).  I also got some super cute little wooden doll furniture that I want to paint for a tiny friend.  Anyway, we liked the Dollar Store experience a lot, so when we passed by another Dollar Store, I said, “Let’s pop into that one, too!” (this behavior could really make you late for lots of appointments if you live in Florida, since there seem to be varieties of Dollar Stores at most busy intersections…).

Check out the new shirt I got for Christmas!  Isn't it fabulous?  And I was SECRETLY wearing it the night we were at the Dollar Store!  It wasn't meant to be a secret, but I got chilly and pulled a sweater over it so the cool shirt was hidden. 
At that second Dollar Store we picked up one item – David fell in love with some round fake Tupperware containers and just had to have them.  We checked out, and he majestically presented his dollar bill to pay for the big purchase.  Only, we had forgotten TAX.  He owed $1.06, and he had no change at all.  Drat.  So, he did what we usually do, pulled out a credit card to pay for it that way.  Only, the sweet cashier said, “That’s okay, I have 6 cents, I will put it in.”  Isn’t that kind??  But guess what?  The lady in line behind us was ALSO KIND!  She said, “Here, I have 6 cents for them,” and paid the cashier!!  We didn’t know her at all, hadn’t even seen her as we shopped.  But she was happy to pay the tax for us, complete strangers.  I promptly pulled out a Kindness Activist button and gave it to her!!

The moral of this story is:  6 cents isn’t much in the grand scheme of things.  But that 6 cents that she gave us sure made me HAPPY.  It felt like such a kind gesture.  So, if you are ever in line behind someone who needs a buck to complete their purchase, might I suggest that you pitch it in?  Trust me, the receiver will be thankful and happy.  And I bet you will feel mighty darn good for doing it.

First beach day of 2017 - Happy New Year!
Happy New Year Kindness Activists.  May 2017 be a year full of KINDNESS.  

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