Monday, April 27, 2009

lots to learn

just when i think that the people in this world are generally selfish, i am quickly reminded of how generous people are. a complete stranger showed me his selflessness today.

we ran out of bread over the weekend, and i didn't have much to pack for my lunch this morning. my stomach usually growls around 11:30am for lunch, so i grab my american express card and head down to food court jr. to go purchase me some sesame chicken (aka crack- i crave this stuff). as i get to the counter to pay for my already completed order, the worker informs me that they don't take american express.

me: "uhhhh, can you just set this aside while i go grab a different form of payment upstairs?"

stranger, handing the cashier his credit card: "just put ours together"

me: "no, you really don't need to do this, i can run upstairs really fast"

stranger: "i know how it goes, i've been there before. don't worry about it"

i couldn't thank this sweet man enough. he could have been so put out that he was waiting in line for someone who had come unprepared.
as i was walking away, he said "have a great day".

i learned a lot in 10 seconds from a complete stranger. though to some this incident may seem trivial, it really helped me to remember that we are all put on this earth to help each other as family members, friends, co-workers, and even strangers.


Chris & Missy said...

Something told me that I needed to go yo lunch with you today, but my visiting teachers stayed for like 1 1/2 hours!!!! I am really worried about ya when you don't have me in Pittsburgh!!!

FYI, most places don't take american express!!

caitlin and brinton said...

oh, how sweet!

I just learned something new from you too- that there is something edible at food court jr. You really recommend it? I smell like an egg roll after walking into that place.

Shaylynn... a girl, a story, a blog said...

I love the simple & random acts of kindness.. good things happen to good people Calle..

Natalie Buchkovich said...

What a nice man! I am always in need of hearing acts of kindness! I'm not sure there are too many here in Philly!

C and MC said...

What a great lesson. I am usually the impatient one standing second in line, it would be good for me to learn that I could help out!

dave, catie, and baby b. said...

that is so great!
doesn't it totally
make you want to
go and make someone's

love it!

catie p.

Cami said...

That is so sweet. I love little moments like that, sometimes they get me through the day.

Maren said...

Man! He is awesome! I'm glad he was there to cheer you up about the human race :)

Kandyce said...

Awe, how sweet! It's nice that there are still people out there like that willing to give a helping hand! That would have made my day too. :)

stace said...

that's a great story. i've never been in that situation, but i'd hope that if i was on the stranger end i would do the same thing he did!