Hard to come by sometimes. But I am thankful today to be able to report that there are still good, honest people in the world.
Last Saturday I took a load of no longer played with toys and outgrown clothes to Once Upon a Child. (I’ve already mentioned how thankful I am for that store – makes it easier to live on one income with little ones!) Since it was Saturday, it was a pretty busy day there; they said it would be a couple of hours before they could go through my stuff.
So I headed to get the oil changed in the car (another errand that had needed done for a few weeks now…). When I got to the car place I realized I had left my 10% off coupon in the box of stuff for Once Upon a Child. For some reason it had seemed like a good place to put the coupon at the time… Oh well, I figured it was just a couple of dollars, I’d live.
After the oil change and a few other errands, I returned to Once Upon a Child. Woo-hoo! 75 dollars I get to spend on spring clothes for the kids or little goodies, not a bad haul. It wasn’t until I got home that I looked at the few pieces they hadn’t taken and realized how lucky I was.
There was a whole package-worth of brand new undies for each kid that had somehow wound up in the box. (I know that I had these sitting on my dresser, waiting to get put away… I’m thinking a little girl, or a little boy I know put them in the box of clothes going to Once Upon a Child – trying to be helpful.)
And then I saw it. My 25 dollar gift card to Walmart that I got at Christmas time. I had almost forgotten about it. (Yes, my dresser needs some serious cleaning this spring!)
It would have been easy for someone to pocket the card while going through the clothes and toys. It could have gotten put in a different box. Or pitched. I am sure it was probably tempting just sitting amongst the clothes. Heck, I didn’t even know it was in the box. (Probably got put in there by little hands, too…)
But there it was.
And so this week I am thankful that there are still honest people in the world.
(And I’ve learned that I need to go through the stuff going to Once Upon a Child or being donated right before I actually take it, just in case some little fingers try to be helpful again!)
Have another example of honesty in the world still? Something else you are thankful for this week?
There was few moments in my life in which I could take advantage of someone else but I simply couldn’t. I just couldn’t do it because I knew that later on I would feel terrible. This sense of justice separate honest people from dishonest and I like to think that there are still many people like this..
The guilt would get me,, too. But I guess it doesn’t bother everyone… I am glad there are still some honest people in the world.
I love stories like these! My dad dropped his wallet and a big event one year while we were out of town. Thankfully someone turned it in to lost and found and nothing was touched in it.
I’m glad to hear your dad got his wallet back! That is one of my biggest fears – getting my wallet stolen. Such a small item to hold so much.
I already loved that consignment shop too but wow! I am totally impressed! The most recent act of kindness I saw was a basketball that was left behind without a name on it at my daughter’s school. That ball could’ve gone home with the last person leaving and never came back but they actually made “lost” posters with a picture of the ball, where it was found, and a funny description of it. It did find its original owner and they were very thankful as their parents had said they couldn’t get another one since they had lost that one.
I’m glad the ball found its way home. I know a lot of adults who if they found something like that wouldn’t think twice just picking it up.
Ginny Marie says
That is lucky! You should link up with the Spin Cycle…the theme this week is luck! I try to be one of those honest people out there…
I’d love to have a Once Upon a Child closer to us…the nearest one is an hour away. :^(
Oh, I was DEFINITELY lucky.
The closest one to me is an hour away, too, which is why I always have the car loaded down when I do get to go. But, if it were closer I’d probably be there so often I’d go broke getting all the good deals! 🙂
Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama says
That’s so nice!!
I will be taking baby clothes to the consignment store for the first time in April. I’m really looking forward to starting to do this regularly!
Yes, with a daughter as oldest, I certainly can’t stick her hand-me-downs on little brother. About half get taken to the consignment shop to buy him “new” stuff, and the rest goes to my best friend’s little girl. She in turn gives us some boy clothes. Nice trade.