Instant Pay It Forward!
--by earthling, posted Dec 15, 2007
After some labor to set up the tire change, I went over to the garage sale next door for some entertainment -- a teenager was doing tricks on a short bike in their yard. He was really good. While watching him, something caught my eye -- a beautiful blue painting with lots of fish and dolphins. "My little son would love that," I thought, considering that he had just seen dolphins in Sea World.
Seeing my interest, the lady said, "A dollar for that." I looked at it again. It was surely worth more to me. So I gave her the two dollars I had and when she was surprised, I told her the buck would travel farther if she wants to pay it forward. And she grinned saying she surely will.
As I was picking up the painting, the teenager came around, stylishly of course, and asked "How much?" The lady said, "Ten. But since you showed some tricks, I'll give it to you for eight." The lad smiled and dumped all the money he had in his pocket -- it came to seven dollars even and his smile disappeared.
The lady stepped up, put a dollar in his hand and said, "Here you go. This lady paid extra so you can have the bike you are so good with."
We were all happy to be connected there and then.
As I was walking away, she called after me and said, "I didn't think I'll be able to pay it forward that quickly!" We both smiled, waved and I joined my husband to finish up the tire change. The boxes felt much lighter this time around.
In reality it is happening all at the same time.
One kind act surely leads to another, then another and so on!