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.