I bought new running shoes today. As I walked out of the store there was a man sitting at one of the neighboring deli's outdoor tables. He asked if I had change for a bottle of water. Today was the hottest day on record for the area. The weight of my $100 shoes was suddenly heavy in my arms.
I told him I didn't have any change but I'd go in and buy him a bottle of water. As I started to open the door to the deli he quietly, and hopefully, asked if he could also have a hamburger. I grinned and asked what he'd like on it.
When I placed the order I requested two bottles of water--my water bottle sitting in the Jeep would be warm by the time I got back to it. I handed the man his meal--accepted his thank yous and God bless yous, told him he was welcome and to enjoy--and I went on my way.
Rounding the corner I came face to wheelchair with another haggard looking older man. Handing him the second bottle of water, I told him that he looked like he needed it more than I did.
I could use some change.
I'm sorry--this is all I have, but it's your's if you want it.
I had actually managed to find a parking spot under a tree. Mainly because I had to back track on one way streets and parked on a side road. My full water bottle was still cool.
And I made my way back home to a loving family, supper in the oven and air conditioning. Everything in life I could have hoped for and more.