She picked up groceries last minute, and he got an unexpected holiday gift!
--by Novice50, posted Jan 1, 2017
Waiting in line, with my item, I heard the friendly voice of a clerk who has been working at this store for many years, always cheerful, always respectful of all the shoppers in his lane. So I got out of the lane I was in, detoured and picked up a gift card for a local sandwich shop,then got back in line in his lane.
Two people ahead of me was a young father with two children and some groceries in his cart. He tried to pay with his credit card, but it was declined. The clerk let him take his basket to the ATM located near the entrance, then called for a manager to override the purchase, so he could continue with the next customer.
I asked if I could pay for the order, requesting the clerk to just say another shopper had helped out. The surprise and happiness on the young father's face was enough to make this Christmas complete for me! No smile cards or peace doves were shared, but the disbelief and joy were so apparent, and I am content.
Finishing my purchase and gifting the gift card was icing on the cake! Times like this remind me of how grateful I am for all I have now and for all the help that has been given to me along my way. Kindness does matter, and it keeps repeating and repeating, hopefully forever. Wishing all of you the blessings and love of unexpected kindness today and always!