A New Pair Of Sneakers
--by hap7997, posted Oct 24, 2020
As I began to wrap up our conversation I told her she should definitely get the sneakers if they were comfortable because they looked good. She asked me if I knew if they had layaway because the sneakers were a little bit beyond her budget, but she really liked them.
Her question took me back to my youth. I grew up relatively poor. Kids with more would make fun of my brother and me as they watched our mother pick furniture out of the trash. I was flooded with emotions and with a compulsion to help her.
I asked her if I were to give her $20 toward the sneakers if she would buy them. She started crying immediately. It seemed like she wasn't sure if she should say yes. She accepted the money after I made up a lil white lie about winning some money the previous day. She grabbed her sneakers, hugged me tight, thanked me a hundred times, and ran right up to the register without looking at a single other item the store had.