Friday, May 31, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness: Nancy and $20

Random Acts of Kindness Blog Fest

Standing in a long queue at the pharmacy is always stressful.  It often seemed to Nancy as she needed medication for shingles and was at the end of an emotional tether, all the people ahead of her needed so much. 

Some needed translations into Spanish.  Some needed calls made to their doctors.  Some elderly people needed a multitude of help.

Queue Line: An abstract picture of people standing in a queue line
Source: COBRA Soft

Nancy needed to return home; shingles was eating up any energy she had.  But she would not give up her spot in the line, since she was the next person up, after a frail old woman finished talking with the pharmacy technician.  Nancy gritted her teeth, and then overheard the old woman speaking.

“That much?  It costs that much?”  She opened her wallet.  “I don’t have enough…I guess I will have to wait until next week to pick this prescription up…”

purse: little blue purse
Source: bies

The technician explained to her that the doctor said she needed to start taking this prescription today.  The woman stepped away and said she would have to think about what she could give up today, so she could buy the medicine.

Nancy took her place in front of the technician.  Impulsively, Nancy leaned in and whispered, “How much does that woman need to pay for that prescription?”

The technician hesitated, but leaned forward and whispered, “About fifteen dollars.” 

Nancy checked her purse.  She had a five, three ones, and one twenty dollar bill.  She pulled out the twenty.  “Here…I’ll pay for her prescription, but you can’t tell her who gave the money.”

Surprised, the technician took the money.  As Nancy left the counter and walked through the store, she heard the elderly woman called over the speaker.  Then she heard the woman exclaim.  Relief was in her voice.

Nancy smiled.  She needed to hear that.

This is a true story.  I was there.  With my shingles.

23 comments:

  1. That's a great story! It's nice to know that things like this happen in real life.

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    1. Kindness is not always planned, but spontaneous.

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  2. There are more people like you, Susan, not fewer. It may be from the examples set around us.

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    1. We do learn by watching people we admire show kindness.

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  3. Lovely story. If we all did just one little thing for someone else....

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    1. It really is just one little thing, and it leads to others doing the same.

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  4. Oh, wow. What a wonderful story. It brought tears to my eyes. (I hope you're over the shingles now. Those things are nasty.)

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    1. So glad you liked the episode. Shingles were an awful awful, totally awful experience.

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  5. What a truly lovely thing to do. Sooky smiles here - and thank you, for what you did, and for who you are.

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    1. Kindness leads to kindness. Thanks for the compliment, and also the example you have set all the way from Canberra.

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  6. Wonderful act, wonderful story. Thank you-

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  7. Susan, you made me cry. I work with people without means to pay and more than half are elderly. We do what we can to help, but there are so many cracks for people to fall into.

    We need more people like Nancy in this world. Sometimes it takes so little and the rewards are great. Unfortunately, those drugs that people need cost hundreds of dollars, and people have to make decisions on food for their family or a life saving drug for them self.

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    1. The cost of drugs and medical care is beyond belief. Thankfully, the people you help are in good hands.

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  8. Susan, I am sorry, I did not inquire about your shingles disease. I try to keep up, but every now and then, I take a break from blogging and miss something. I hope you are better as I know how awful that disease is. Take care, dear Susan.

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    1. The shingles started in early June and took all summer for me to finally feel better. They were on the upper left quadrant of my face and head. Got in my eye, under the eye lid, on the cornea. Pain cannot be described....Thanks for asking, Arlene.

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  9. What a wonderful way to pass a blessing on to someone.

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    1. Such simple acts of kindness (opening a door for someone) change that one's day, sets their mind in the kindness direction.

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  10. Giving a helping hand with no credit, best way to be. Shingles, yuck.

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    1. Absolutely, best way to be.

      I would not wish shingles on anyone. No matter how evil, no one deserves such incredible pain.

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  11. That was a really awesome thing to do for that lady! Especially when you weren't feeling your best.

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