Things haven't been super fantastic of late, especially in my own head, but you just keep plowing through, right? I went to do the grocery shopping at Aldi this morning. It's not really close to home, but I'm willing to make the trek for the savings. I got all the way there and opened my change tray to get a quarter so I could pop out a cart. I always have quarters in a special spot for just such an occasion. But today, no quarters. About 2 dollars missing. So I called home to ask what happened to my quarters. "I washed the car." Okey dokey.
I dug through my purse, and after a good bit of sweaty wrestling with that beast, I did come up with a quarter, so I was able to head in for a good game of bumper carts. My store just reopened after a remodel, which has brought out more shoppers, so the aisles almost require safety gear. And I have no idea where anything is anymore, so I ended up doing a couple of circuits to make sure I got everything on my list (I still forgot napkins.) I got to the check out, unloaded everything, picked up the paper towels and cans that tried to make a break for it, and finally made my way up to the cashier. I try to pay attention in case anything rings up at the wrong price, but I wasn't completely focused today. I did see the final price flash, and I went to pull out my credit card. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the cashier grab something out of his drawer, scan it, and put it back, super fast. By the time I was ready to swipe, the total was a few dollars less. "Did you just give me a coupon?" I asked. "Sure did."
I thanked him for making my day. And he really did. It was a little thing, and he didn't have to do it, but he did. I'm going to look for ways to pay that kindness forward.