Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tis the Season of Giving...

A story:

I was at the grocery store tonight picking up supper.

(Sweet Italian Sausage and Pre made mashed potatoes and Steam Fresh corn - in case you wondered : )

I was rushing. It was already 5:00 and everyone was at home STARVING.

All the carts were gone except for the wheel chair cart and the double seated toddler cart.

I hate that toddler cart. It is SO huge!

My kidget wasn't even with me, but I needed something fast so I grabbed it.

I was hurrying down the aisles bumping into things because the cart was so ginormous...

And then-

my worst nightmare-

SLOW people.

An elderly couple was in front of me and they were taking up the whole aisle.

I really like older people, but today, I wasn't feeling friendly.

I just wanted to get home and feed my hungry people : ).

In my head I was definitely complaining about these SLOW people.

And then, something happened.

Something amazing!

The older man turned around and smiled at me.

His wife turned around and smiled too.

They asked me where the child that was supposed to be in the cart was.

They asked me about our dinner.

They asked me if I liked the grocery store we were in.

They were lonely.

They were lovely.

They asked me if I wanted to pass them.

You know what?

I didn't want to pass them anymore.

I stayed with them for 4 more aisles.

They turned my busy, icky day into something wonderful.

What a beautiful present I received this December day.

I am counting my blessings.

I hope I see them again soon!

Have you had any special blessings come into your life this Holiday season?


big hair envy said...

God reveals himself in MANY ways!!! I believe you were touched by an angel at the grocery store tonight:) Good for you!

I really dig old people...

Grammy said...

Oh you met people from the old world of kindness. My friend Mrs. D and her late hubby were those people. They did not know a stranger. And they are far from lonely. When Mr D passed 2 years ago. Mrs D still gets up to 75 or more cards and letters a month. People still stop to talk to her. But she broke me hear so bad on our lat visit. She is 165 miles from me now. And I so wish she would come stay with me. She so misses Mr. D. And shared the pain with me last visit. I had no way to comfort her. It is such a pain we can not comprehend with out knowing it our self. But I sure can feel it for her. Old people are our national treasures.

April said...

Well, isn't that the sweetest little story...talk about heart-warming!

I was at Sam's the other day and I went over to the photo department to pick up some pictures. The cashier, whom I'd seen before, asked for my name. She handed me my photos and I gave her a "thank you" and a smile. She, then, proceeded to tell me that everytime I come in, I'm just so nice and friendly to her. I replied, "A little bit of kindness sure goes a long way, doesn't it?" I just had no idea that my demeanor spoke to her. It truly made my day and put a big ol' smile on my face!

Baby Favorite said...

How NICE is that!!! I'm sure you totally made their day, as well.

I read the neatest article today in a magazine called "Angels." It was about this vacuum salesman who felt he needed a more rewarding career and more of a purpose. He prayed about it. He wanted to make a difference in peoples' lives, he told God.

That same day, he went to a woman's house to do a demonstration. She said she couldn't afford a new vacuum due to medical bills. He blurted out, "Who's sick?!"

She explained that her boyfriend was dying and needed a kidney transplant, but they couldn't find a match because he was O positive. The salesman said, "I'm O positive, too!" That same day, after talking with his wife, he realized this was the "difference" he needed to make. He decided to go back to the woman's house and let her know he would be her boyfriend's donor.

Long story short, he did, it saved the man's life, and they're now best friends.

Your story just reminded me of that one. You are the type who would go out of her way for a complete stranger; there aren't many out there like you.


The Incredible Woody said...

You probably made their day just as much as they made yours. Life is better when we slow down:)

Jules from "The Roost" said...

That is so sweet and wonderful.....thanks so much for sharing your heart both before and after you saw this couple....Very touching.

Darlene said...

Oh my isn't it wonderful that some people became sunshine for you in your cloudy day. What a great reminder that angels do exist! You know we all have those kinds of days you were having.....I just wish when I do that something like that would happen......

richies said...

I remember when we first moved from the front range in Colorado to rural Arkansas. I would get upset when the cashier would be visiting with the person ahead of me. I think that most of us could learn from your story. I have learned to slow down and take time for people. It seems like we can no longer make a quick trip to the store. We always run into someone we know.

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Grandma J said...

Rebeckah, you were the angel walking behind them. I'm sure they saw your sweet, kind face and knew how fortunate they were.
You do kind things for people on a daily basis and I'm sure it shows.
Like sweet Italian sausage! That's another act of kindness.

Karen Deborah said...

that was a precious experience what a treat!

Daphine said...

What a sweet post! I enjoyed reading this so much! I just love old folks! Most of the time, they are so sweet, kind and loving. Thanks for sharing this story!

Jason, as himself said...

Oh, I love this!

Jason, as himself said...

Oh, I love this!

Julie said...

what a great story to remind us of the important things!

Becky said...

You are so sweet. I love how you noticed that they are lonely. We are all lonely sometimes. What a blessing you were to them.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love this and thanks for sharing. What a blessing indeed. We need to stop and smell the roses/ or just be friendly to those that need it.
take care,

Reader Wil said...

What an absolutely delightful story. A smile from heaven!

RR Mama said...

I love old people! They are so sweet and kind. I mailed off your surprise today. Be on the look out. I can't wait for you to get it! BTW can you come here and shop for me? I need HELP!

Cortney said...

Awww! I almost cried. I try to make an effort during the holidays to relax and not worry about how long things take. It makes it so much easier to not get mad when you are in a forever line. It makes it even better when everyone else in line is mad and you are okay just being. Thanks for sharing!

smiles4u said...

What a beautiful story...thank you for sharing it. I think we can get so caught up in "living" that we forget how much a smile and looking people in the eyes can mean to them and us. Things like this can transform any moment or mood into something so beautiful. Every day we have opportunities to be blessed like this but so often we are in such a hurry we miss them. I'm so glad you didn't miss out on this one! I am sure you blessed them just as well!

stargurrl13 said...

How lovely and wonderful!!!!!!

One thing that has come out of all of the troubles I've had the past few months is really learning to appreciate the smallest things.

Kindness is the best thing anyone can give.....and it doesn't cost anything. In fact, one gains more when kindness is given!

You and your blog are such a gift to me, Becky! I thank God continuously for you!

Cara said...

That was just soooo sweet. I could totally see myself being that rushed person. Thanks for the reminder to slow down!

jennykate77 said...

What a great story! God is everywhere...even the grocery store!

I have a similar situation. It was on Black Friday and I was waiting in this line that circled twice around the store (no kidding). I stood there totally annoyed that I was waiting so long for a pair of boots and a snowman shower curtain! I decided that I would be willing to pay someone to stand in line for me, so I should just put the stuff back and come back and pay full price...it was worth it! Then, the older lady in front of me turned around and I noticed she only had two pairs of slippers. I thought to myself if she can do it then so can I. We struck up a conversation and I realized that she too was lonely. She was standing in line that day because she didn't want to be home alone. I so enjoyed my conversation with her. I left wishing I knew where I could find her again and visit.

kristen@nosmallthing said...

That is just the most lovely story. Thank you for sharing!

Kelley said...

Thats great.... a smile and kind word can really does your day around !

Katie said...

Ah so sweet!! Your so sweet don't try and play it off (:

Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh wow. What an awesome story and how things quickly turned around in a moment. That has happened to me before and I try to make it carry over into the next experience but it doesn't always work :)

SassyMomma said...

AWWW! How sweet! I LOVE old people! mainly b/c I know I will be old like that one day... and I hope young people will love me too! ;)
Your dinner sounded YUMMY to BTW!

Anonymous said...

love this story. love, love, love it! You always make people happy, and I am sure you made their day! Today in the grocery store an older man was delighted to speak to my children. . .it made me very happy ;0)