As I got into the car that stormy morning, I thought, “What ELSE can go wrong?” The blouse I had wanted to wear was in the dirty clothes. I was going to have to fire the Laundress — she just wasn’t getting the laundry done in a timely manner. Oh, wait a minute, I WAS the Laundress. So, it was my own fault my blouse wasn’t clean. Rats.
There had been just enough milk left in the carton for ONE bowl of cereal, so I left it for Hubby to use on his. (Grocery Shopper wasn’t doing a great job either. Apparently, hangs around with Laundress, and has picked up some of her bad habits! )
And, I didn’t have much cash in my wallet (Banker, are you listening?), so I was going to have to be careful about what greasy, calorie-filled something I bought for my breakfast out of the machine at work, to make sure I had enough money left to pay for my lunch! (Meals are important to me, even on bad days.)
And now, it was raining “cats and dogs.” Well, at least I had remembered to take an umbrella, so I wouldn’t get too wet running across the parking lot at work.
As I drove toward work, the rain just got harder and harder. It was coming down in sheets. As I turned a corner a couple blocks from work, I saw a lone woman standing at a bus stop, holding a folded newspaper over her head! What was she thinking? She had some kind of coat on, but I could tell from here that that newspaper was totally water-logged and was really just a “token” — it was wilting fast and wasn’t keeping the rain off of her at all.
As I drove by and then drove on, I kept seeing her in my mind’s eye –just standing there — she had to be so miserable — soooo I drove around the block and went back. I pulled up to her, opened the window (rain IMMEDIATELY began pouring into the car), and thrust my little fold-up umbrella at her. She said, “I can’t take that!” I said, “Take it, you need it!” She said, “Thank you. How will I return it?” I said, “Pass it on to the next person that needs it.” She said, “God bless you.” I said, “Thank you.” (This was all said realllly fast, because I wanted to get that window closed — and she wanted to get that umbrella up!)
In the twinkling of an eye, my day had changed. As I finished my drive to work, I suddenly felt sooo much better. Even though, I still had on my least favorite blouse, I was still hungry, I still wasn’t sure I had enough money to stretch until I could get to the bank, and it was still raining like a son-of-a-gun.
When you think about it — I really got the better end of that deal. The blessing that lady gave me was priceless. And what I gave her was just an umbrella!