Aug 20, 2010

She Didn't Have To Be So Nice



Not long ago while rummaging through household goods spread out on the ground at a flea market...I came across these little juice glasses.

We were expecting our good friends with their three little girls to visit at the lake. I thought they would be delighted with the sweet animals and characters on the small glasses.




This was one of those flea market vendors who bought the entire contents of a household and was selling everything in sight for just a dollar per item.
There were people crawling all over the boxes of goods (sort of like vultures)...
... and I was one of them.
Who could resist all those bargains?

Anyhow....my arms were full and I had five glasses in the pile at my feet.
I had just paid the vendor for all my dollar items and was trying to figure out how to carry it all.

I heard a voice say...."oh...it's part of a set!"

Glancing sideways I saw a lady with a friendly smile looking down at my pile.
She told me she had just bought the sixth glass in the set...the little pony.
She then offered to sell it to me in order to keep the set together.

Embarrassed, I confessed I had just spent my last dollar...
... to which she replied,"Oh for goodness sake...please just take it!"
And then she helped me wrap them up!



She didn't have to do that.
She didn't have to be so nice.

It was just a little kindness, really very little effort on her part...
but it made me smile and reminded me how little it takes to change a person's day or outlook.

I decided to pay it forward...
...which I did and of course as you already know,
when you make someone happy ... it makes you happy too!


As children, my Mom always reminded us to Be Kind.

It is still the best advice...
... and it always feels so good!

Thank you Kim for asking me to be a part of The Inspiration Studio...
... sharing all the kindness, generosity, beauty and treasure to be found at the flea market!

.....

Laura ~ 52 Flea

11 comments:

Prairie Girl Studio said...

awwww ... i want to be one of the little girls visiting you ... just so i can sip out of one of these darling glasses ...
oh, but which one do i choose?

thanks for sharing this story of kindness
and passing along a very good warm.my.heart feeling indeed!

cheers!
prairiegirl
xo

Leah C said...

Scatter kindness...and the world becomes a happier place...even if it's just a piece of "your world":)

Kim Klassen said...

a truly beautiful kindness story Laura....so happy you are here with us!

xxo, kim

Marcie said...

So inspiring. Yes - what goes around..comes around. 'Be kind' - is a perfect mantra. And what adorable glasses!!!

IVYALLOVER said...

awww what a great story - and those glasses just make me smile. Love them! Thank you for sharing ♥

gibknitty said...

flea market kindness. a nice story. cute glasses!

Jamie said...

This post makes me so happy!

I had one of those days at work that makes you wonder what happened to "nice." Then I get home, read your post and am reminded it's still out there!

Carola Bartz said...

I love this little story of kindness. It's the little things that usually make our days.

Suki said...

What a awesome story. Loved it!
Lets me remember to be kind to make someones day.

ELK said...

sweet set of glasses ..even sweeter with a nice story like that!

kelly@thebluemuse said...

Kindness is so underrated in this life...what a great story. So true that some ties the smallest things have the biggest impact.