I had a couple hours between dropping off The Littlest Briston at day care and my start time at work, so I decided to do some grocery shopping.
You know how when you’re grocery shopping, you often run into the same people over and over again as they traverse the aisles in the opposite path that you’re taking? Well, I had that today with a stereotypical “little old couple”…both of them at least well into their 80’s, if not their 90’s. Cute couple…said “hi” each time we passed, and were very (unnecessarily) apologetic any time they were blocking the aisle.
As I went up to the checkout, they were near there as well, talking to an employee. Apparently they realized they forgot to get milk and were asking where it was kept. They were told that it was on the other side of the store, and you could see the look of “oh no, it’ll take us forever to get there and back again” on their faces. I figured “what the heck”, it’d take me under a minute to get them their milk, and there were people in line in front of me anyway – I asked them what kind they wanted, and jogged off.
When I got back, the woman who was in front of me was finishing up her order. She said to me “That was a very, very kind thing to do. Things like that too often go unrewarded, but not always…what’s your name?”
I was a more than a bit confused by this, but I told her. She asked if I was local, and I told her that yes, I lived right up the street. “Ok, thank you” she said, and was off.
Huh. Strange. But, whatever…
I head home, unpack my groceries and phone up my wife at work. As we’re talking, the doorbell rings. I answer it, but there’s no one there – just a box.
This is what was inside. :eek:
To say I’m flabbergasted would be the understatement of the year. I got an elderly couple their milk, for cryin’ out loud. I get my daughter her milk five times a day. I didn’t pull someone from a burning car…I didn’t pull a toddler out of traffic…I spent 45 seconds walking that I wouldn’t otherwise spent silently mocking tabloid headlines. Ok, fine, yes, it was a nice thing to do…but this? Too fricking much.
So now I need to know…was this lady someone looking for a creative way to spend her stimulus? Is she part of some underground group of philanthropic rich folks who watched Pay It Forward too many times? I mean…holy fuck, talk about disproportionate response!
Well…if I’m not on the Dope the rest of the day, you know why.