It’s no secret that many people are motivated by the almighty dollar. It can sometimes drive them to distraction, make their head spin, and keep them up at night. Me too. But I’m not talking about THAT almighty dollar. I’m talking about the dollar I found in the parking lot of the mall during the Christmas return season.
Not kidding you…it seemed innocent enough on an incredibly bitter cold day hustling back to my car to just scoop down on the run and snatch that crumbled up dollar bill and throw it in my purse. I was the only one in the parking lot because I am that kind of crazy when I need to just get something done. Who cares if it’s 2 degrees? I know 2 degrees is like summer in some parts of the world, frankly I don’t know why people live in those parts, but here it’s a bit unusual. Anyway I wanted my return out of my house because I had already moved it from one spot to the other fifty times. As I slammed the car door against the cold and started up the engine, heated seats, heated steering wheel (I know I should stop my bitching right?) I looked around to see if anyone was in the parking lot and it was practically deserted except for one of the small buses that usually come and go.
So I’m out of there. But over the next couple of weeks I can’t stop thinking about this crumpled up dollar bill. It was crumpled up so perfectly like someone had been clutching it. Or perhaps it was stuffed in a pocket and when they pulled out their glove it fell without them even knowing it. Maybe it belonged to a child. Or one of the many patrons that came to the friendly mall on the small bus. Every time I went in for my keys my finger would brush up against this little dollar bill. The scenarios in my head began to drive me to distraction, make my head spin and keep me up at night. I know what you’re thinking, it’s completely irrational I agree. There’s no way one can walk back in the mall and say did anyone lose a dollar bill? It’s not like a bunch of keys for God sake…
So a few weeks go by and I start to forget about it, I never put it in my wallet it just found its way deeper into my bag. Then one day I’m coming out of the grocery store and there are two boys collecting (begging) for the Northern Highlands baseball team. I’m so embarrassed that I don’t have any cash, well only twenties from the ATM (love the team, not THAT much) so I apologize and move along to my car. Half way there I remember the crumbled dollar bill…you best believe I ran it back to the boys and slept like a baby that night. Whew paid forward.