Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pay it forward

Have you ever wondered where all the nice people are? You hear all this talk of pay it forward and I hardly ever see evidence of it. It is the concept of you do one nice thing for someone and they, in turn, will do something nice for someone else. This has been a concept for movies, commercials and even at my granddaughter's school.

Sometimes I get that nice feeling when someone does something small for me. But not often. Just a simple thing like you have toilet paper on your shoe. So you don't walk around like a dork. My husband was the one who really introduced me to this. He sees a person that needs help and he's there. Stranger or friend he is there. If I am there and it is a woman who is alone I make sure they know they are safe and he is with his wife. Nowdays you can't be too trusting which is a sad concept.

On Thanksgiving night we'd run out of booze so yes...I made a booze run. It is kind of funny when I think about it now. But I went to the only liquor store in town that was open. I paid the HUGE price for a bottle of booze, Pepsi for my daughter and a 2 liter bottle of soda. I struck up a quick conversation with the store owner. Then he said he will help me out with my purchases. My first reaction as a woman alone is no way...No way am I going to be out there in the dark with a stranger. Then I thought about it...I can still stay safe yet allow this man to do something nice. Yes, I could have taken care of those all myself but he helped me. It also made me feel good that someone cared and it allowed him to feel good about himself too. Needless to say I found a way to pay it forward in my own way.

1 comment:

Intense Guy said...


It IS nice to know someone doesn't automatically think you are gonna attack or rape 'em or something.

And MOST people would fall into the nice category.