I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO........
Sometimes one has to stop and recognize people who have done something, no matter how small that thing may seem to other people. Last week, while Christmas shopping, I bought a pair of earings for myself. Couldn't afford them. Couldn't resist them. Got them. Yesterday, I lost one before noon. I was heartbroken: I lost my new toy. I went back to the outdoor booth at Union Square where I bought them, and pouted until I got the owner's attention. I pointed to a pair just like mine and said "I need to buy just one", and proceeded to tell him how disappointed I was at my loss.
He repeated over and over that he couldn't just sell one earing, but I would not be moved. So, he offered to call his partner and see if she had a "spare" anywhere. He whispered a little. She apparently whispered back. And, we both waited. "She has one", he announced. I squeeled with delight. All the other booth owners crained their heads to see who was getting held up (this is New York, you know).
Today, I returned to pick up my earing. When I inquired about the price, this gentleman told me there was no price. He explained that he would just give it to me. I squeeled again. After all, I was desperate to complete my pair of earings and he could have named his price. Even if he were not that type of guy (which he proved he isn't), shouldn't I have paid at least half of that I paid for the pair? To receive a gift from a total stranger???? How nice is that?
Happy Holidays and Peace on Earth. Isn't this how it starts? One person at a time?