Feeling inspired to give!
Yesterday morning I had planned to go to the grocery store to get a few things that we needed as well as dinner for a couple nights. After putting it off for a few hours, I decided that I would stop after picking the Teen up from school. I really didn’t feel that great, I had gotten up early and the Toddler missed her nap. I’m sure my appearance reflected that.
When I go the the store I wear the Newborn in my Action Baby Carrier, The Toddler sits in the cart and The Teen walks (of course). Many times The Teen gets mistaken for my sister or even The Toddlers mom. I usually have to explain that they are all mine, lol. We live in an area that is big for retirees etc. so most times there is an older person who gets sucked in to a conversation with the Toddler while I put the groceries on the conveyor to get checked out. This time was no exception. However, The Teen was able to help translate The Toddlers conversation, she talks very well for her age but also talks very fast sometimes, and older people have a tough time hearing her.
After some talking to a very nice lady and getting all of my items ready, the lady asked if that was all I was getting. I assumed she wanted to make sure before putting her items up. When I said yes, she said “I would like to pay for them.” I didn’t know what to think. I was amazed! Of course I told her that wasn’t necessary, she insisted. She said “In honor of your new son” when I declined again she said Jesus told her to take care of it. Can’t argue with Jesus.
She asked for nothing in return. She didn’t even ask me to pay it forward. Although I vowed I would! And I will.
The whole way to the car I was thinking. A part of me thought I must look like I needed a hand out and was slightly offended. As I continued to think, it became clear that I had done something great to deserve this kindness! Somewhere I helped someone and was being repaid the favor. I try to help when I can. Last Easter we left behind Easter Eggs at a couple different parks as well as the parking lot at the very Walmart! They weren’t extravagant gifts, just something to say “Happy Easter”. In fact I posted the video on youtube! The idea was to teach my girls to share, and that holidays are more about giving!
Today I am feeling like I want to do something amazing. I have decided that to pay it forward I want to be one of those secret Santa’s that pays off Lay-a-ways. I am going to talk with some friends and see if I can maybe start a group. If we pool our resources we could help a few families. I know you can’t completely pay off a Lay-a-way without picking it up. I think paying it down significantly would be great too.
I hope my story has inspired you to do something selfless. If you are interested in joining my effort in some secret Santa Lay-a-ways feel free to contact me!
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston Churchill