September 20, 2012

Bruce S., parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Temperance (April 2012)

This is a difficult story to write, because taken in the wrong context, it appears that I am beating my own drum. In no way is that my intention, rather to place this in the perspective of good feelings of having done something to help someone else. I was returning home after attending a Sunday evening Mass, and decided to stop at the local ice cream store for a cone. As I sat at one of the outdoor tables a family of five drove in, and three young children rushed out of the car, obviously ready to enjoy their ice cream. Dad approached the window and placed their order. When the total was announced, he pulled out his wallet and handed the clerk his debit card. I saw the joy in his eyes quickly change, as he was told that it was a ‘cash only’ place of business. He turned to his wife, who looked through her purse, coming up with some small change. She then returned to the car, and rummaged in the console, and under the seats, but came back with nothing. With disappointment in on his face, he informed the children that they would have to come back another time. I approached the man, and quietly handed him a twenty dollar bill. He tried to decline the offer, but I explained to him that I had just come from Mass, and I insisted that he take the money. He wanted to take my name and address so that he could mail me a check when they got home. I instead suggested that he pay it forward, and that when he saw someone that needed some help, he could repay me by helping the ones in need. To this day, I have no idea who this family was, but I went home with a really good feeling inside me, knowing that I had done the right thing.

– Bruce S., parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Temperance (April 2012)

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