Six Cents

Annah Elizabeth4 Comments

This woman gave me money,
even when I didn’t need it

“Do you have six cents?” the cashier asked me after she rang up my $4.06 purchase.

“No, ma’am, I’m sorry. I only have this ten.”

“I have six cents,” the woman behind me said, and then fished coins from her change purse.

I thanked her, this woman who gave me money, even when I didn’t need it.

And when I ran into my husband as I left the line, I asked him for change.

As the woman left the store, I handed her a quarter.

“But now you’ve gone and given me a profit,” she lamented.

“It’s okay,” I replied, “you’ve earned it.”

Later, I thought what I should have said, “Just paying it forward. Maybe the next person you run into will need nineteen cents.”


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