How Much Are You Short?
--by Nini, posted Nov 20, 2007
When I turned around after taking milk out the fridge I saw an elderly man standing behind me with a small packet of mielie pap, a small bottle of Savlon, a small bottle of milk and a half loaf of bread. He was trying to hold everything and at the same time was counting his coins in his very shaky, bruised, cut hands.
I walked up to him and asked him how much he was short. Stunned, he could not even talk. Almost apologetically, he told me he had not recieved his pension money yet and needed a few small things for his family(himself, his wife and two kids) for a week while he waited for his pension to come in.
He did not know which of the items were most important to take but he clearly could not afford them all. I discreetly handed him a R20.00 note and told him to buy what he needs. He was moved beyond words, that he would be able to get a full loaf of bread and a bit more milk and still take the other things as his family would be living off this food for a week.
I wanted to do more but the mere fact that I had the opportunity to help someone truly in need, made me feel so good inside.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful story..