Today I am thankful for the opportunity to make someone smile. I don’t encounter a lot of people day to day, my trips to town are usually to run errands or get groceries.
Today was grocery day and the checkout lines were moving slowly. An elderly lady stood behind me with her cart. She didn’t have much in it and I could see she was adding up the cost in her head, probably to make sure she had enough money.
She commented on the beautiful little succulent plant with purple edges that I had placed on the conveyor belt and we struck up a conversation about how unique it was, and about house plants in general. I told her how the windows of my grandmother’s house had always been filled with plants and flowers growing in coffee cans and such, and how I’d loved that.
As my groceries were being rung up a little voice in my head said “give it to her,” so I held the plant back until the end and asked the cashier to ring it up separately.
When I finished paying for it, I turned and placed the plant in her cart, handed her the receipt as proof of purchase, and wished her a good day. At first she protested a little, but when I assured her that it would make me happier to think of her with it in her window than I would be to have it in my own, she broke out in a big smile and thanked me. We parted, both wearing smiles, and it made my day.