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Monday, November 10, 2008

Acts of Kindness!!!

Sometimes life moves extremely fast and everything around you seems to be flying by. It's not until someone stops you and does something extremely nice, that it makes you realize that things don't always have to move at warp speed. Today I decided to venture to the grocery store. (No big deal right?) Wrong......It all seemed to be going pretty smoothly and we only had one tantrum, so we were doing pretty good. An hour later I was at the check out stand and there were not enough baggers so I ended up bagging my own groceries. Mean while Sophie is running around the cart saying " Mommy I want a sticker!" Over and over again. Finally I went back to the register to pay for it all and I look down and realize.....I HAVE NOTHING! No ID, No cash, No credit card, No checkbook. I stood there frozen....I had no idea what to do....After being at the store for what felt like forever and finally having all my stuff in the cart, along with my kids I was completely embarrassed. I soon realized that I had an extra check book in my car, so the check out lady watched my kids and I ran out in the rain to grab it. I didn't realize that the checkbook was useless with no ID! AARRGG what was I going to do...I was about in tears when the Lady behind me turned me around and said "I paid for your groceries." It's not like I had like two things in my cart. My cart was completely full and the total amount was pretty pricey. I stood there ready to cry..This woman didn't know me from Adam, and here she was paying for my Food!! I truly look forward to that day when I can bestow that same kindness for someone else.


***I did write her a check for the total amount and she will be getting her money back. But Thank you to Bethany Smith for being an amazing example of Kindness!!!!

10 comments:

Lesley said...

I want to be like that lady when I grow up. Getting to the cash register without my wallet (or forgetting my PIN number) is my worse fear. Thank goodness she was there!

Megan Kroff said...

That is the best story. I want to be her too. You definately deserved every bit of that kindness!

Amanda Frehner said...

That's awesome. It's nice to know there are nice people in the world who don't just roll their eyes at you when you have a "Mommy moment" :)

Aaron and Rachael said...

Wow! I must be selfish! She sounds like an amazing person! And I'm glad that you got your groceries!

Tara said...

I have literally had that happen before, at Costco. After nearly 2 hours of shopping with 2 kids I didn't have any form of payment and I ended up having to leave with nothing, I just wanted to cry. Worse still was that I had food I was intending to buy that I had to prepare and take to someone that night (they ended up getting KFC). I can truly understand what a blessing that was for you, what a generous woman.

amy hunter said...

Wow, what an act of service and charity. That is an inspiring story that people really do have good hearts. Kaylee and I have been doing some traveling and I have been surprised at how kind and helpful people have been, offering to carry my bags, hold Kaylee on the airplane (while she is screaming) so I can make her a bottle, and much more. Thanks for sharing!

James, Cameo, and Jacob said...

Wow!! I always hear about these stories in seminary and church, etc., but to actually have it happen in real life is amazing!! It definitely motivates me to want to be that kind of person - I'm afraid I get too caught up in my own life to notice and reach out to others in need.

Dad of the Year said...

so...unrelated to this post...did you go see Twilight at midnight on Thursday?!?

Rachel Clark said...

okay mandy. i have to ask...how did you like the movie twilight? i was hoping you would have something on your blog about it...but no update. I am dying to hear from the #1 fan thinks!

Kim Johnson said...

That is amazing! She has raised the bar.