Make Someone’s Day

November 29, 2016

Earl was sitting in a part of a local shopping area that was set out of the way, around businesses not even open, trying not to be a burden or impose much, quietly off to the side with his sign asking for help. I was finishing up some Black Friday shopping and was already in my car driving out of the parking lot when I saw him. It was chilly that morning, and nobody seemed to be paying him any attention.

I had loaded up on half price socks while shopping, and pulled the car up to ask him if he might like a pair. He was so kind, and so grateful, explaining that yes, he would love some socks! As we have heard again and again on this page, Earl told me that when your feet get wet on the streets, there is no fixing it, no getting warm, and fresh socks are a godsend.

I got out to talk to him for a few minutes… not long, but I wanted to shake his hand and look him in the eye, get his name and say hello. I found a six pack of nice Dri-Fit Nike socks and threw him the whole pack, much to his surprise. We talked for a few minutes, and as I said goodbye, Earl said, “You’ve just made my whole day. I’ve been sitting here all morning and have collected just $1.83. Someone bought me some chicken, which was nice. But this just made my whole day. Thank you.”

What Earl doesn’t realize is that giving him those socks made my whole day, too. When we stop to connect with those in need and say hello, offer a smile, a handshake, or a pair of socks, we so often get back much more than we give.
Happy Holidays, Earl. Keep those feet dry.

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