This past week I received a note from a reader. You may have seen it on the facebook page.
If not, here it is:
Part of me wanted to know who it was from.
But I’m glad I didn’t. Having an anonymous angel out there is kind of nice.
Of course, I called the number on the back of the card to see how much it was for.
$25 would be awesome. A week’s worth of free milk.
I punched in the numbers from the card.
And then I heard that automated voice.
That couldn’t be right.
I dialed the number again.
I punched in the numbers again.
Again, that voice said
I was reduced to a convulsing mess.
Five hundred dollars.
Five hundred dollars?
FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!!
I posted a picture of the note on the facebook page.
I didn’t know what else to do. I was kind of in shock.
Comments started coming in.
you deserve it!
That’s fuckin awesome
Good things happen to good people! The world is filled with good generous people, they are just hard to see because they do things “just because” Thank you for sharing this, to remind us all that there will always be more good than bad in this world.
And then someone wrote:
Awesome pay it forward
Pay it forward?
But I just got it! Do I have to?
Am I allowed to just enjoy this?
To have a week, or even a month, where I don’t have to stress about this one thing?
My heart sank a little.
When do you pay it forward,
and when do you just get to exhale?
My husband is like the Do the Right Thing poster child.
I would ask him.
I told him about the card.
And then I said,
“Someone said I should pay it forward.
Do we have to pay it forwar-”
The words hadn’t even come all the way out of my mouth.
Someday, I will.
But this time, I just enjoyed it.
I appreciated it.
I spent it.
All of it.
Here it is:
It’s hard to see it all.
But I have enough food to feed my family for the next month.
There’s only enough fresh produce for about a week.
But if we run out of money in the next 4 weeks,
my kids will still have food.
And it’s good food.
Healthy food. For the most part, anyway.
They will also have diapers.
And clean clothes.
Their teeth will be brushed.
And I will have some relief.
to my Costco Angel,
Thank you for taking a burden off of my shoulders.
Thank you for helping me take care of my children.
And thank you for reminding me that there are some really amazing people out there.
The world is a better place because you are in it.
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