Speedy Life Lesson

1 Aug


So today I was out with Cali finishing up the dadgum back-to-school shopping.  I even endured the Mall.  And you KNOW I hate me some Mall.  Anyway, we were out shopping when all of a sudden….LIFE LESSON!  IN OUR FACE!

It was our last stop of the day. Publix.  We were hot and our feet were barking.  The place was packed.  Not a parking spot to be found.  An elderly couple stood waiting to cross the road but no one stopped to let them cross.  So I stopped and waved the standard “Go ahead and cross” wave.  Let me clarify “elderly couple”.  She was completely bent over and could barely walk.  Didn’t look a day less than 100 years.  He was just as old, only walking upright.  But he held her elbow and arm like a perfect gentleman and guided her gently across the road in front of me. 

Thank god the windows were rolled up because Cali shouted, “Hurry up slow pokes!”  I whipped around in my seat and read her the riot act about always respecting and caring for your elders.  I explained to her that when you do kind things for others, good things happen to you.

At precisely the moment I said, “…good things happen to you.”…….a car began backing out of a parking spot at the very front.  Of course, I reacted with, “You see?!  You see there?  Mommy just did a kind thing and look what happened?  We got a front parking spot so we won’t have to walk out in this heat!”

I wish I could’ve captured Cali’s face on film.  I can’t really describe it.  Her eyes got huge, her jaw dropped.  She slowly turned to look at the elderly couple and then back at me.  As if she’d just seen some twisted miracle magic trick.  So while we were in the store I noticed that Cali was looking around like she’d lost something.

When I inquired, she informed me:  “I’m looking for kind things to do for people so I can get some good stuff for myself here.”

Yeah.  I don’t think it works like that.

I’ll have to straighten that out later.  I’m sitting down now, soaking my feet in Epsom salt and eating Circus Peanuts. 


3 Responses to “Speedy Life Lesson”

  1. Darlene Steelman August 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    lol! your daughter is adorable….. love this little story. 🙂


  2. Michael Cargill August 2, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    A top, top bit of lessoning there, my dear.

    How are things?


    • April Trice August 2, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      Things are swell! I’m actually starting to feel like doing stuff!


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