Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pay It Forward

Have you ever heard of the concept "Pay it Forward?" Basically, if someone does something nice for you, you turn around and do something nice for someone else (preferrably a stranger).

So today I have to work at the lax store for a couple of hours while Chris and the boys have All-star practice. I had to stop on the way and get gas because Chris didn't fill my tank up when he was done driving my car around the state of Alabama yesterday (I won't go into it here; that's a whole 'nother post for another day). Big joke among my family and friends is that I never have cash on me. If I can't pay w/ my Discover card, it ain't gonna happen. I paid for my gas w/ my card and I had $5 cash on me. I planned to go inside, grab a coke and a snack to eat while I was sitting at the lax store. They had small Smartfood bags for $.99; big bags for $2.99. I grabbed a big bag and a bottle of coke. The old guy behind the counter winks at me and tells me he's gonna give me the "game day discount" because I'm wearing an Alabama t-shirt and an Alabama ball cap. He only charged me $.99 for the big bag of Smartfood. So, I get $2 and a handful of change. As I'm walking to my car this guy walks over to me and starts telling me how he and his girlfriend drove up from Montgomery on their way to Bessemmer and they ran out of gas and have no money (she's sitting in the car w/ a baby on her lap -- no car seat in sight). I hand him the $2 and all the coins I had. I know it's not a lot but truly, it was all the cash I had on me. So, because the old guy gave me a break on my Smartfood, I was able to help someone else out. Therefore, I Paid it Forward. I did my good deed for the day.

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