If you are like me, you look at returning your pop cans for a refund as a chore. Just what I want to do on my Saturday morning…stand on a sticky floor waiting in line to shove pop cans into a machine that could snap my fingers off in a heartbeat.
This particular day an elderly woman was fumbling around in front of me at a machine. When I walked in, her face lit up and she greeted me like we were long time friends. She said, “Hi, I’m Susie”. I noticed her kind, worn face and cloudy eyes and I chirped up with matching enthusiasm, “Hi, Susie…I’m Beth”!
She asked me if I would be so kind to watch her purse while she fed her cans in the machine. All twelve of them mind you. I, of course, said absolutely and that I would be right there beside her. When she was done, she turned to me in the quietest voice, looked around the room and asked if by chance I had any other cans that I didn’t need?
I looked in my cart brimming over and as my heart melted I told her, “Why yes I do Susie, you would really help me out by taking some of these off my hands”. We spent the next ten minutes or so feeding cans together. I would give her one, and then I would take one, and so on. After I gave her the last one, Susie leaned over and whispered, “You won’t tell anyone about this, will you Beth”? I told her this would be our secret and not to worry.
Sharing pop can returns with an angel in disguise – $6.20
Carrying around a swelling heart filled with kindness – Priceless.
I’ve thought about Susie quite a bit since then. How she trusted a complete stranger to watch her purse and how she had enough courage to ask me for a little extra money to help her with her groceries.
Miraculously, I look forward to returning my pop cans now and I look for a “Susie” in every crowd.
…and Susie, if you are reading this, I’m sorry I told our secret. But I think you really wanted me to.
Look around you. Have you met your angel today?