Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

December 11, 2013

One small gesture helps bring back the spirit of Christmas

It's Christmas — this year I have been particularly disenchanted with it — everything has been on hyperspeed to meet all the deadlines, etc., the economy, just a boatload of extra anxiety plus missing my mother, who passed this year — the Christmas spirit just wasn't in me — until yesterday!

I had a rather busy day and had to run a quick errand and stop at the Dollar Store for a mop and floor cleaning solution.

I was disheveled, I am sure and, I had little time to get back to my business — so I grabbed the items and got in line — the clerk rang my purchases up and I started digging for my debit card ... I am sure I looked like a befuddled ninny when I couldn't find it in my purse!

So, I said to the clerk, “I can't find my card, so I am just going to leave this here and go find it,” and headed for the door.

Much to my surprise, I heard, “Ma’am, Ma’am come here,” at which time the lady behind me in line said: “Your purchase is paid, for please take it.”

I said, “Oh, I don't need” ... and then I realized that she was giving me such a precious gift that it would not be polite not to hug her and thank her for her kindness.

You see, there IS still kindness in the world. l definitely needed that!!

So, lady behind me in line, thank you for the wonderful reminder that Christmas is for giving. You gave me so much more than you ever know. I shed a few tears when I got to my car thinking about how sweet that was!

I support many different local charities — always working for one cause or the other, but this was a reminder of how others feel when given a gift of kindness. It wasn't the “thing,” it was the kindness!

Thank you! Merry Christmas!

Debbie Grimm

Cumberland

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