The Gift Card That Keeps On Giving

, , | Right | June 22, 2016

(It’s Christmas time and my first major holiday with a license. Because my parents refuse to let me get a job and I know that my driving has given them more financial responsibility, I decide that I will use some already received Christmas money to get them presents from the local superstore.)

Me: “I hope you have a nice day.” *swipes gift card*

Cashier: “Sorry, there’s only five on there. Do you have the remaining nine?”

Me: “No, I don’t. This was a Christmas present from a friend and she told me she had put $15 on it for me. Do I have enough for the slippers if I don’t buy [My Dad’s Favorite Candy]? Will the sale items be good up until Christmas?”

Elderly Customer: *behind me* “No, that won’t do. Here.” *hands me a ten* “It’s Christmas! Everyone should get their presents.”

Me: “Sir, I can’t. Thank you, though.”

Elderly Customer: “You can because I’m giving it to you. I won’t let you refuse.”

Me: “Oh, my gosh! Thank you so much! My parents are going to love their presents! Thanks!”

Elderly Customer: “No problem. I remember being your age and trying to do something extra for family. Just pay it forward and that’s enough thanks for me.”

(It was greatly appreciated and I still think about it when I go to the store. My mother’s slippers are one of her favorite things to lounge in and they are a great reminder of how far a simple act can go. Every time I see the candy I think about my father and brother playfully throwing them at each other.)

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