Wednesday, December 23, 2009

why i almost cried at winn dixie

last night, i hit up the grocery store with mom for some last minute christmas goodie ingredients.

side note: anyone else love the tiny carts at inn dixie?? the hubs won't let me get them when we go together, cuz he says they make him feel ridiculous. whatevs.

anyhoo, so i got my tiny cart full of stuff, behind mom in line...when the bagger guy says lane 7 is open. so i toddle (toddle?! is that a word??) on down there, and get in line behind an older guy, probably 60's, with 3 things.

then cashier says she can't ring him up, she's waiting for a lady to get back inside, she ran to her car to get her money...the woman says "she's young, has a baby boy and another little girl."

so we're standing there waiting, and in comes the girl...looking for all the world overwhelmed by trying to find her lost money and dealing with 2 kids under the age of 3.

she tells the cashier to take one of the beef stroganoffs off her bill, she only has $20. the cashier obliges, and the girl goes on her way.

then the older man asks what the lady put back because she couldn't pay for it...and then tells the cashier "put it on my bill" and tells the bag boy "run this out to her and tell her merry christmas."

OMG ya'll, i'm standing there, trying not to tear up because this old guy was just so sweet!! it was probably a $2 box of hamburger helper he paid for...but the rewards he'll get from the universe have infinite value.

no matter what your religious affiliation or beliefs, people like him are really the spirit of christmas. giving with no reservation, and giving to give...not to get anything in return.

i'm gonna try and be a little more like that guy.

10 comments:

CTB said...

I'm crying reading this at my desk at work! What an awesome thing to experience. You are so right, that is the true meaning of the season.

Seersucker Scrapper said...

That's great! Very touching!

teamjinfred said...

I saw something similar at the dollar store. Granted, it's the dollar store, but still, it was nice to see.

The Pink Chick said...

Oh how sweet! I'm tearing up just reading your post! I'm sure that lady was so grateful and thankful that generous and kind people still exist in this world!

Suburban Princess said...

What a great example he is for the rest of us!

Summer (BisforBrown) said...

thank you for sharing this. i loved this and now i am crying. pay it forward now. your turn to pass it on!

Mrs. Smith said...

Thank you for sharing this story - so sweet!

Bee @ BP Wedding said...

Aww you almost made me cry sitting here at my desk! Such a sweet story. :)

Lisa said...

I love stories like that! I am definitely teary-eyed reading it!

Jules said...

what a sweet story and perfect example about what the holiday is really all about!