Back in October, I was in a grocery store buying 2 things with my daughter. The place was absolutely packed. When we were near the registers they opened a new one to accommodate the overflow. I was closest to that line and walked toward that spot. An older woman with a full cart saw my 2 items and said, “please go in front of me”. I hesitated and said “its ok – you please go”. She said, “you only have 2 items please go – ill be a while”. I said “thank you” and went ahead. As I stood in line I noticed the woman was counting her items and had an opportunity to take a good look at her. She was heavy set, clothes were worn, and she didn’t look very well kept. I checked out, walked a bit with my daughter and then paused to look back. I decided to go back and pay for her groceries. At first, she looked at me like I was crazy and then said “thank you so much. That is very kind”. I said “you were genuinely nice and let us go ahead of you and most people don’t act like that. I appreciate it” She put her hand on my shoulder and said to my daughter “your Daddy is a nice man”. She kept saying things under her breath “so nice” “this is amazing” “thank you so much”… until I paid and said “goodbye”.
I felt great when I left – not only because I helped her but because she said what she did in front of my 7-year-old. My daughter told everyone we saw that story for the next 2 days.
– Jason Assaly