Did you hear the news about the people who were hurt and killed at Walmart yesterday? It breaks my heart for their families.
I’ve only been out shopping in the pre-dawn hours of Black Friday once, and my experience was very different. My family and I drove from St. Louis to Allen, Texas (outside Fort Worth) several years ago to visit my brother-in-law and his family. We made the nearly 10-hour trip without the aid of a portable DVD player for the girls, and decided to pick one up on sale the day after Thanksgiving.
My sister-in-law, a veteran of Black Friday shopping, took me to the store and we arrived just 5 minutes after it opened. We walked the entire store and couldn’t find the advertised players. We asked a salesperson who said they were all gone, and we shared our disappointment. We took a few steps away when the saleslady raced back with a DVD player–someone must have just handed it to her–and she handed it to my sister-in-law. She immediately put the coveted item in my hands, knowing that we needed it for our trip, even though she wanted one for her family, too. My heart went out to her in gratitude for her generosity, and to the angel of a saleslady who rushed to our side with the item. We soon were home, swapping stories with my husband and his brother who braved an electronics store at the same time!
Despite the frantic, almost desperate behavior of some people during these shopping days, there are signs of kindness among us. I am grateful for my sister-in-law’s thoughtful goodness on that day.
Dear Reader, please comment:
What are some experiences of kindness you’ve had in your shopping for Christmas?