Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Story of the Peaches

I was fondly remembering this experience today, and wanted to post this, which was originally written on 6/25/12. I'm pretty sure that little lady brightened my whole summer!


A few weeks ago, peaches were on sale at my favorite ghetto grocery store for 49 cents/lb! I decided it was the perfect opportunity to can them and went to the store intending to buy 100 lbs.

Now, as you can imagine, I always cause a scene when I am buying produce to can at the grocery store. Like the time I bought 20 pineapples--"I thought, 'Is she having a party?'" one lady quipped. Many others stared or asked what I was doing with so many. Their stares don't become any less incredulous when I tell them I can them.

Or when I bought 150 pears and one man sized up my cart, my 8 months pregnant self, and little Talmage and drawled, "Whoa. Dat's a lotta apples! Are you gonna preserve 'em?"

In any case, I went to the store prepared to deal with a lot of funny remarks. But as I filled one plastic bag with peaches and discovered it weighed only 3 lbs, I realized it was going to take a long time and a lot of cart space to gather 100 lbs of peaches. So I approached an employee working in the produce section and asked if I could buy a case or something since I wanted to buy 100 lbs. He told me I could, but I would just need to come to the back of the store with him so he could write down my information and order them for me.

Since I no longer had a need for the bag of peaches I had gathered, I dumped them back on the shelf and followed the man to the back of the store, gave him my information, and started to push my cart away.

Suddenly I felt a hand grab my arm and turned to see a sweet, little, old white-haired lady staring up at me. She pressed a crumpled dollar bill and 4 quarters into my hand and said discreetly, "You go get those peaches you put back."

I stared at her in confusion for a moment before it dawned on me that she thought I couldn't afford the peaches! I laughingly explained the situation and how I was actually buying 100 lbs of peaches. She gave me a knowing smile, nodded, patted my hand, and said again, "You go get those peaches you put back," before walking away to finish her shopping.

"Thank you!" I called after her. I turned around, filled another bag with peaches, and presented her offering as payment.

Although her $2 donation was unnecessary, her sweetness brightened my day and my heart was filled with the recognition that people are truly good.

People are good.

1 comment:

  1. I love stories like this. I had a few similar experiences in our early graduate student days back in Pennsylvania. So fun to look back on these moments and appreciate the kindness of others.

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