Several years ago, when my oldest was around three or so, my debit card was declined at Walmart. It wasn’t a scam or a mistake. I was genuinely broke. Out of money. I checked my bank and discovered I had something like seven dollars left to my name and a hungry kid and nothing to eat at home.
So I sat there trying to find the best way to stretch that tiny amount of money to feed my kid. Not even to feed me. I can live on popcorn or something if I have to, but my kid was three, and he had to eat. So there I am, trying hard not to cry while I slowly take things out of my basket to get it down to under seven bucks when a lady tapped me on the shoulder.
I looked up, and she smiled at me and started putting the things back in my cart. I opened my mouth to tell her that I didn’t have the money for them, but she stopped me right away and said, “Don’t worry about it. It’s going to be fine.”
Then she handed the cashier her credit card and said, “Ring up all of it.”
My kid got to eat because of her. I got to eat because of her. I had laundry soap and deodorant because of her. She could’ve just ignored me silently struggling in that line. She could’ve decided I was a scam and gone home feeling good about avoiding being duped. But instead, she chose to help me, and she saved us.
So maybe the person struggling in front of you is trying to put one over on you, or maybe they are just sad and broke and trying to figure out what to do. You get to decide which you want to believe and what you want to do. But I’ll tell y’all; no one has ever been more beautiful to me than that lady in that line who saved my baby and me. Be like her. Be beautiful.
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