Witch Hazel and Life Lessons

A quick story about this evening and a single mother with $12 in her bank account. 

I have no interest in sharing my financials. But, my topic sentence sums up this week. It won’t forever be that way. Hence, my fervent trek toward law school. Independent Female = Me. 

However, this evening as the girls and I made our Friday evening stroll through Kroger for milk, chapstick and witch hazel (I mix it with isopropyl alcohol for cleaning purposes), $12 continued to sit in the back of my mind. 

As we approached the self-checkout, I left the $4 witch hazel in the cart, deciding that it was the weakest link in my journey to make it to the Feb 1 bank deposit. 

Now, was it going to make us go hungry or cause us pain in any way? No. 

But, as I scanned my last item, an older man tapped me on the shoulder. “Ma’am, I would like to give you this. To you and your two daughters. I hope that’s ok. Please take it.”

My face turned five shades of red. Needless to say, I’m HORRIBLE at taking gifts. I continued to say thank you over and over again as he politely walked away and somewhat just disappeared.  

Now, most would think there are expectations or motives behind a man handing a single woman a gift. But, I do not believe that anymore. I believe God just stepped smack dab in front of my face, stopped me on a Friday evening and reminded me, “I told you I would never leave you, and I am not going to let you fall.” 

God shows up in many forms. And, sometimes when he knows you have the world knocking your door down, he decides to just hang out at the grocery store until you are forced to stop for five seconds. 

My goal with law school is not to make a lot of money. My goal is to give back to others for the rest of my life after gaining an education in the legal system. 

And, just for tonight, I get to rest easy for the next few days, after being reminded that my hard work will pay off. My goals are important. And, I am not forgotten. I am simply just being given the reigns to make my own twists and turns every now and then. 

And, trust me, $112 will make you the richest person in the world. 

Keep going! Don’t give up! You are needed!

(Oh! And, the man was wearing a U of M shirt. No joke.) I mean, in my face right there!!!!

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