The Old Man And A Quarter
--by Aurelia, posted Sep 26, 2008
My sister told me a really inspiring story about what happened to her yesterday. As she was leaving a small grocery store, she was pushing the shopping cart and trying to put the change into her pocket at the same time. She dropped a quarter. Carefully she bent over to grab it before the next person came out pushing a cart into her. To her surprise this elderly man who pushed his cart into her came out slowly and he had another quarter in his hand.
He said, "Here's a quarter you dropped young lady." My sister replied, "Oh I found mine, that must be yours."
"No I think it's yours, I found it on the ground back there," he assured her. "It's not mine, why don't you keep it. I have plenty at home, I collect quarters."
"You do?" my sister asked. "What are you going to do with them?"
"I have over 9,000 quarters and I always DREAMED of driving across the country through the Northern states and then down to California and back to NY. But now I'm too old to drive like that. I think I'll buy a TV now," he explained to her.
"Oh," is all my sister could muster out and the old man started to leave.
Then my sister called out to him, "Hey, wait!" She quickly ran up to him. "Don't give up on your dream of traveling. I know someone who took the train and had a lovely trip and met lots of nice people. Why don't you check it out!"
"Why I never thought of that," the old man said, sounding hopeful of this new idea. "I will definitely think about that and look into it. Thank you for telling me about that."
"Phew," my sister said to me as she finished the story. "I just couldn't see him giving up on his dream and buying a TV! I'm glad I dropped that quarter today and I had the opportunity to meet him."
I am so proud of my sister for taking time to listen and care.
You dropped a quarter. An accident? A mishap? I think not. Divine providence. Cool story.
Now I just have to look at it a different way, like your sister encouraged the man in the supermarket to do. But we'll get there!