Boy, What A Charmer!

, , , , | Right | August 30, 2020

I work at a rather small dry cleaning place. A man comes in to pick up a suit with his young son. Usually, our customers’ children are too shy to talk to us.

Son: “Do you know how old I am?”

Me: *Taken aback* “No! How old are you?”

Son: “I’m four and a half years old.”

Me: “Wow. I’m twenty-one. I’m old!”

Son: *Thinking hard* “Yes.

I continue the transaction with the customer. 

Son: *To his father* “Dad, can I press the green button?”

Customer: “Of course you can!”

The customer puts in his card into the machine, and I go to type in the price, pressing the green button when I do.

Son: “But I wanted to press the green button!”

Me: “Oh, I am so sorry. You can do it now.”

He presses the green button, and two receipts come out, one for the customer and one for me. 

Me: *To the customer* “Would you like your receipt?”

Customer: “Yes, please!”

Son: “Daddy, can I have that piece of paper?”

Customer: “No, sorry, Daddy needs this one.”

Son: *To me* “Can I have that piece of paper?”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I need this one. But I can print out another one for you.”

Son: “Yes, please!”

I print out another receipt for the little boy. This one is wider and longer than the one I gave his father. 

Me: “You’re getting a big one!”

I hand him the receipt. 

Son: “Ooooh! That is big!”

The customer thanks me and says goodbye as he leaves. They turn the corner when I hear:

Son: “Bye-bye!”

Me: “Bye!”

The boy comes running into the store again.

Son: “Bye! I’ll—” *starts thinking* “—see you tomorrow?”

Me: “No, you won’t, sweetie.”

Son: “No… I’ll see you some other day, then!”

Me: “Yes, you will! Definitely!”

Son: “See you then! Bye!”

After he left, I couldn’t stop smiling for the rest of the day. That little boy made my entire week!

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Big Heart For Big Bird

, , , , , , | Right | August 27, 2020

When my son was about two or so, his grandmother gave him a huge stuffed Big Bird toy. The thing was, true to its name, big — easily five feet tall. My son insisted it go everywhere in the car with us.

One day, I dropped the car at our local garage for service. Big Bird was tossed in the back seat.

When I returned a couple of hours later, I got in my car and glanced in the back seat and laughed. There was Big Bird, sitting upright and safely seat- and shoulder-belted in.

Tucked into the belt was a note that read, “Safety first for everyone.”

I think I smiled the rest of the day over some unknown mechanic’s concern for my son’s favorite stuffed friend.

Thank you, mechanic, for your small act of kindness.


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What We Should Be Spreading Is Kindness

, , , , , , , | Working | August 26, 2020

The governor of Ohio has just closed all non-essential businesses during the health crisis. Unfortunately, I own a small and relatively new retail store. Because it’s a home goods and gift-shop-style store, it is considered non-essential.

Because my business is less than three years old, we pay month to month. No savings. And all my personal savings were invested in start-up costs. I literally rely on monthly sales to keep going. I have been waiting and hoping that I will get the stimulus check, but at this point, it isn’t happening, and there is no guarantee that it will happen.

I apply for grants and loans and am never approved for any. I am sure I am going to have to close my business and give up on my dream. There is no way I can keep going.

About four weeks into the quarantine, I stop by the store and check my PO box. There is a letter with just my name on the front, nothing else. Inside the card is a note stating, “I know it’s hard for small businesses like yours. I hope this helps,” and $900 cash. It isn’t signed, and I know the postmaster is in on it, but they say they have no idea who did it.

That gift helped make it through and now we are back open. I can keep going. So, thank you, whoever you are! My faith in humanity was restored! I hope I can pay it forward one day.


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Many Marvelous Miracles!

, , , , , , , | Related | August 21, 2020

This happened eight or nine years ago. I was at my parents’ house, since I had a planned get-together with my friends, when I got a frantic call from my husband that our house was on fire. Sadly, since we only had one car at the time, I couldn’t drive home myself. My dad offered to take me but my husband told me to wait and he’d come and get me. 

The fire had started in my mother-in-law’s room when a piece of clothing fell on top of a power strip. There were a few miracles that day. 

  1. Her door to her bedroom was shut so the fire didn’t spread. 
  2. No one was hurt, including our pets, though the one cat still has PTSD, we think. 
  3. Nana didn’t go shopping that day even though Fridays were normally her shopping day with her friend.
  4. Last but not least, even though the fire reached 1500 degrees according to the firemen, my mother-in-law’s Bible only had smoke damage even though everything else in the room was destroyed. 

She still has the Bible to this day.


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Older Than Twenty

, , , , , | Right | August 20, 2020

I’m working at the cash register at a fast-food restaurant. We cater to older guests and it is not unusual to see several retired people on any night. There is also a fall festival going on celebrating the cider mills in the area and the 100th year. Part of this festival is a walking and biking trail through several orchards; the participants all get shirts.

Me: “Hello! Wow, that’s the second time I’ve seen someone in a shirt like that today. What is it from?”

Customer: “Oh! It’s from [Festival]. We did fifty miles today!”

Customer’s Husband: “Yeah, so we’re really hungry but we’re not sure what to get.”

Me: “Wow, that’s awesome! If you’re really hungry, I would recommend one of our dinners. They don’t come with a drink, but they have larger portions and your choice of two sides. If you’re more interested in a burger, our Deluxe is another popular option.”

The customer and her husband order and decide to eat in the dining room.

Me: “All right! That will be [price].”

The customer hands me a $20 bill. I look at the bill; something doesn’t seem right.

Me: “Wow! This bill seems off.”

I look into my drawer at the other twenties.

Customer: “Well, it’s not counterfeit.”

Me: “Oh, no, I realized what it is; this is one of the old twenties. Look, right here; it’s from 1985! Your bill is older than I am!”

Customer: “Wow! Well, would you look at that? I only got it yesterday!”

Me: “Y’know, it may not seem like much, but this is the most interesting thing that has happened tonight. Here is your change. Enjoy your meal.”

Customer: “I’m glad we could make your day a little better!”


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