When a stranger saves you from your evil driver’s license number: When I first learned to drive, we used our social security numbers. Now your driver’s license gets its own special number which I can never remember more than three digits of. I learned this number is required at most stores to write a check…
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Three weeks ago something amazing happened to me.
But first, I had yet another “What the frak?!” moment.
It was an atypical day—my six-year-old boy and three-year-old girl home for spring break.
My son’s sneakers were disintegrating and my daughter hadn’t had a pair of sandals that fit in over a year (and living in Texas, you find you really need a pair of comfortable sandals).
I therefore took both children to a place I’d previously avoided for the last year: The Mall. I knew it had a shoe store that carried the shoes I needed in their sizes (for some reason the stores never have my son’s size in stock) for a nice overinflated price.
I set expectations of “no bouncy place, no train ride, but if you’re good, we will have a special snack” and it worked like charm.
We purchased shoes. The spent forty-five minutes climbing the coin-operated vehicles (without spending a dime). We enjoyed a rare pretzel treat and a shake.
We even made it in and out of the Disney Store in a hour WITHOUT BUYING anything. Or a single tantrum.
We passed a clown making balloon characters on our way out and as a reward for continued good behavior, they each got one.
Then it was to Olive Garden for dinner—a place we hadn’t been in years. It was close and my children will generally eat Italian. My husband met us there and all was going well.
Afterwards I paid the bill while he split home with the kids who needed to get to bed.
I, however, went to the grocery store.
What unfolded was a “what the frak?!” moment that twisted into one of the most inspiring.
Thank you, Donna, for turning my “what the frak?!” moment into something positive.
I hope proves to be contagious.
***Have you ever done something and told someone to “pay it forward”? Please share if you have or if someone has done so to you. And if you haven’t, now is your chance to start! Go perform a random act of kindness!