Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Where's The Jelly?

--by loretta, posted Mar 26, 2008

I just came in from the grocery store. I only needed one item but the woman in line before me had spent more than the money she had in her hand.  As she checked out her 2-3 packed bags, she asked the cashier to put the jelly back so she would have enough money to cover the bill.

As she paid, I looked at her and told her I was going to buy that jelly for her.

She said, "Oh no, you don't have to. I just didn't grab enough money when I left my home." I looked at her and happily said, "That's okay.  Perhaps you could return the favor to someone else."  Caught up in the spirit of generosity, she tried to offer me something else until she landed upon an idea -- "Can I give you some of my "Turkey points?"   At this store, they give you Turkey points if spend a certain amount of money.

"Yeah, sure," I said, thinking in my mind that I will pay-it-forward to a man that I know that gives them to folks that need a turkey for Thanksgiving.

I left the store with a smile on my face seeing how this wonderful circle of giving works. 

I also got to thinking that maybe the woman just forgot to bring in the extra money, but maybe she actually didn't have the money.  I'm glad I didn't take that chance. 

After all, let's face it -- you just can't have a peanut butter sandwich!  You need the jelly.

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erinvictoria wrote: You need the jelly. Great metaphor!
LindaL wrote: I hope someday i pass you on the street so i can just look your way and smile. Thanks for your kindness to those you don't know. For each one. You meet, you'll brighten their day!
LOAS wrote: I love when moment to be kind spring up naturally in our everyday lives. I am glad you were present enough to act on it. :)
molly273 wrote: That was very sweet of you! The circle of generosity is a wonderful thing!
nancymz wrote: Just shows you it doesn't take much if you're aware. Great story !!
Rayann wrote: I liked your story! A simple act of kindness buy paying for the jelly and then knowing later you'd give your "turkey points" to someone else.
aurelia wrote: What a Kind and Giving Person you are. We all learn from acts like this. :0) ~Aurelia
smurfy wrote: Well done and isn't it geat to see a cycle starting. Kindness begets kindness!Bless you
akbj wrote: I love the way your story ended. "You need the jelly". It's like giving someone a flower. You gave her life additional beauty through that act.

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