Today I had a sweet, but funny thing happen. I had to run off to the post office to mail a piece to a customer. I had just rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth and lazily ran the brush through my hair. I didn't have any other errands to run...or so I thought...so I just threw on my ratty, holey jeans, a really old hoodie and sneakers. I didn't bother with makeup either.
When I got outside I realized there was no newspaper. When I got to the post office, the line was long, so I called R to see if by some chance he had picked it up, but he hadn't. I told him I would stop and pick him one up since there was a gas station near the post office. Now I have to confess it's my fault that there was no paper. I am always spot on with getting the bills paid in a timely fashion, but somehow I missed the subscription renewal last week and had it in my purse with the other bills to be mailed today, so it ran out yesterday.
I also hadn't eaten yet, and I grabbed a bottle of orange juice. When I got to the counter, an elderly gentleman was standing there. He asked me what I was looking for in the paper. I joked that I just wanted it to keep warm. (I probably shouldn't have done that. *giggles*) They also had some hot sandwiches and breakfast burritos by the counter. I was looking at them trying to decide if I was brave enough to eat one. I asked the girl how much they were, I only had a little cash on me and didn't really want to use my card if I didn't have to...especially for something I wasn't sure about eating. She told me and I was counting my change to see if I had enough.
I guess from my shabby clothes and my joke, the guy thought I must be homeless, so he offered to buy me a sandwich and asked if I would like a donut and some fruit too! I thought it was really sweet. But I explained to him that I had money I just wasn't sure if I wanted one of those. I don't think he believed me though. He said "Sister you don't have to be proud, it's ok to let someone help once in a while! We've all been there."
I thought it was really sweet of him. He didn't look any better off than I did today, and I went away with the feeling I probably should have been buying him something instead. But it's nice to know that strangers can be kind without expecting anything in return.