It's been a little bit since I've written a post; I've spent the better part of the last two weeks preparing for this past weekend. I sold my jewelry in a local festival the past two days, and by my measurements, I was successful. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and finished up with a tidy profit. I had an experience that eclipses that success though, and that is what I want to record for memory and share with you.
Yesterday early on, I sipped on my coffee and spilled a big spot smack in the middle of the bust of my white, white shirt. I tried to ignore it because there wasn't much I could do about it, but it bugged and bothered me. I put my wrap on and tried to cover it; that worked but it was a bit too warm for long sleeves.....then along came a customer with a tee shirt draped over her arm. My helper and friend Carol asked her where she got the shirt and whether or not they were giving them away and explained by pointing at me and my shirt why she was asking and without hesitation the woman handed me her shirt, said she would get another one and walked away.
I quickly put the new shirt on over mine, and then as only a woman can, shimmied out of the one underneath and pushed it down over my body and legs; voila! Brand new! After a moment I saw the woman walking with a new shirt draped over her arm but she was across the park, and I took off running after her before I lost her in the sea of festival-goers. When I caught up with her, I touched her on the arm, gave her a hug and thanked her again for her kindness. Then I invited her back to my booth, telling her that I wanted her to choose something that would make her feel as happy as she made me feel. We walked back to my booth together; me smiling, and her with a tear sliding down a cheek.
The tears continued as she carefully chose a bracelet that matched her outfit and her style and Carol helped her to remove the tag and put it on. Then we hugged each other again; two strangers united in kindness, and as we hugged each other she said in my ear, "God bless you". Indeed. He blessed both of us.