Thursday, November 29, 2012

Something So Simple

Yesterday I addressed the envelopes to send out Christmas cards.  I drove to the post office and noticed that I had a couple of envelopes I forgot to put postage on.  I figured, "I'm right here, at the post office, I'll just purchase the few that I need."  I knew that if I didn't, the Christmas cards would go back home with me and would most likely stay home until after the season, forgotten about and lonely.

When I walked into the post office, I almost did a turn about.  The line was long and there was only one person at the counter.  Ah well, what's a few extra minutes in a day, right?

By the time I was mid-way through the line, a crowd of people walked in, causing the line to reach outside of the building.  I thought, "Wow, and I was complaining about long lines just a minute ago?"  I looked at the lady behind the counter and felt compassion for her.

For some reason she caught my eye and I smiled at her.  She smiled back.  As the customers came to her, she had holiday cheer to greet them with.  When I made my way to her, she said, "I just wanted you to know that I saw your smile all the way from the back of the line and it really brightened my day.  Thank you so much!"

Awwww, that just made me feel so good :)  I sent the smile, because I wanted her to see a happy face in the midst of all the Christmas rushing.  It was nice that she received it, appreciated it and even mentioned it.  Something so simple, a smile... it does the heart good :)

5 comments:

Cheryl said...

What a cute post. You must be a really sweet person.

Candice said...

What a sweet story! You never when someone is in need of a smile or hug :)

The Forscheins said...

Beautiful story Aleta. You are so kind!!! I love how you appreciate the little things in life and how compassionate you are to strangers. It's a wonderful example you set

Lilly said...

Aww how sweet are you and it is lovely that it was acknowledged. The lines at the Post Office are very long here too. The staff have a tough job indeed. I will remember to smile more the next time I am there because I am usually whinging about the wait time.

Lilly said...

Aww how sweet are you and it is lovely that it was acknowledged. The lines at the Post Office are very long here too. The staff have a tough job indeed. I will remember to smile more the next time I am there because I am usually whinging about the wait time.