Soooo... I have mentioned that I am retreat coordinator for my kids' school? Yes? Yes. Well, today was the 2nd grade retreat and so, Hi. Busy fucking day. See the retreat is over so now I can stop praying and start swearing.
We had a center for the kids today which was a paddling pool filled with grapes to be stomped on a la Lucy Ricardo but really more in a Jesus-Vine-You-Branches-Blood-Of-Christ-Transubstantiation kind of a way... anyhoo, I felt we needed more grapes, because, often, where I come from, more is more and so off to the market I went... with my ATM and a heart full of retreat-y goodness.
Popped into Albertson's (a store I am in at least every other day) picked up 6 lbs. of red seedless grapes and went to the "Quick Check" line. Swipe, enter PIN code, chat with the clerk about hand cream, card DENIED. Huh? Must have entered the number in incorrectly, re-enter, continue conversation, this time about "10 minute soup" and DENIED. I try again and yet again and there are 3 other people in line and I am more than a little embarrassed when the checker takes my card to enter the number by hand and informs me that is is expired.
And in my mind's eye I can see the shiny new B of A card sitting on my dresser, complete with intact activation sticker.
Now, I have to have these grapes, I don't have any other money source and you know, people are waiting. So, I sort of stand there and wait for money to fall out of the sky... hello? Money?
There is a little tap and "ahem" on my shoulder and it is the nice kid who runs the Starbucks and he offers to lend me the $20 because he "knows I'll give it back" (cue maniacal laughter!).
Isn't that wonderful? And nice? (& not necessary as I found cash in my jacket) The kids got their grapes, the Starbucks kid has my undying love and hey, now take your turn and pay it forward people ... pay it forward
Have a latte.
Has anyone ever performed a random act of kindness on your behalf? Have you? I need to know!!