|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.
“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.”