Love At A Store...The $50 Christmas

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Love At A Store.........

She would have been content

to be able to afford her rent.

Almost every cent was spent,

and she knew where each one went.

She'd walked here to the store,

perhaps a mile or more,

or so it seemed,

to observe what others dreamed.

At first the Toys aisles

filled with wide-eyed children's smiles.

Then to the Cameras aisle

for the latest 'good ones! " smile,

before her own meager purchase:

some beans for two more slices,

before a mold could eat those first.

She'd taken just a basket,

though leaning on a cart had drawn her.

She was wondering "one can, or two?"

when she spotted the $50.00

there at her feet, no string attached.

She picked it up in wonder; no one in sight.

Suddenly the store was alive

with possibilities.

Should I? Could I? Will I?

Two cans of beans are in the basket.

Shopping done, mind resolved.

"Welcome to Customer Service.

May I help you?"

"Someone who may need this,

as much as I do, has lost this.

Will you keep it for them?"

"I will, but perhaps the man

behind you in line can, also."

Still holding the $50.00,

she turned to meet the smile

of a man about her age,

dressed in a full-length coat,

business suit and tie, shined shoes.

All he said as he handed her

an envelope was,

"I appreciate your honesty.

Have a very Merry Christmas."

~ O ~ O ~O ~O ~O ~O ~O ~



Love comes with sacrifice....

Are there really any "bargains" for love?

Love entails sacrifices. Pure love is known for some of the greatest sacrifices life has ever known.

By some deep mysteries we only partially comprehend, two hearts surrender their own identities to take on a new one, or it may not be love, if one or both hearts think they can have love without the sacrifice of self

Even in the "$50.00 variety" of the attached poem, two individuals showed love by their compassion for others.

I have been asked, "What was in the envelope?"

Does it really matter?

The Customer Service person was aware of something that was going on. Had the smiling gentleman handed out more than one envelope that day?

It appears the envelope he handed the subject was in some way a reward for her honesty. Perhaps others in that store had simply pocketed or spent the $50.00 in keeping with the ethics of "Losers weepers, finders keepers."

Was the woman just acutely aware of what $50.00 could mean to others in her circumstances?

Was the apparently well-to-do gentleman anxious to share his own good fortune, but especially with one or more he considered worthy, knowing that in any case he had made each $50.00 recipient a little happier, while reserving his larger reward(s) for the most deserving recipient(s)?

You can write your own ending, and, if life has prospered you greatly, you can even repeat this story in real life with your own ending.

One other thought, do you suppose there might be an even more lovely, forever after, ending to this poetic story?

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All's well that ends well, and you can make it happen.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Personally I would not muck up this story one bit. It is marvelous, brought a tear to my eye. Merry Christmas indeed.


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

Love fades away if it is not based on trust,respect and goodwill. The other person has to reciprocate those things for love to be maintained. If the balance is right,love is all one needs-if the balance is wrong there is too much give from one side and too much take from the other. In that instance,it is time to let go-just let the love ebb away like the tide. What do you think perspycacious? Isn't that true? It makes sense to me anyway


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Kate Mc Bride - The best marriage advice I have heard came from a father to a young man who wanted to marry his daughter: "Marriage is not 50/50. It is 100/100, and the total must always add up to 200. If at times one of you cannot contribute their full 100%, the other must keep the total 200% until each can once again do their full share."

Sometimes that sort of commitment is not there in the first place, as that father tried to make clear that it must be. There are times when circumstances call for extended sacrifice by one or the other partner, but true love can endure such times.

When trust is betrayed and repentance is absent, respect has been lost and goodwill is lacking. At that point sacrifice can not long endure, nor should it.

People can change, but that requires the will to change and to repent.

At least that's my take on it, and now you know what I think.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is absolutely marvelous! You teach valuable lessons in your poetry. Not an easy accomplishment. Thank you so much. I will be doing some sharing, that's for sure!


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

your poem is unique. Who could ever thought of bargain store as the place to ,love


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi,

I am happy you are back on HP and even happier when I have time to read your work.

Have a wonderful new week and be happy.

Bobbi Purvis

I am sharing with my Twitter friends and pinning on my repin board.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

vocalcoach - Thanks for the read and the rest. I've always appreciated your work and comments.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

peachpurple - Love is everywhere (almost) at this time of year. Just look for it and treasure it.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

PurvisBobbi44 - You have hit on a precious key of life, i.e. finding time for all the important things of life, and enjoying any of the other things you still have time for.


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

lol perspycacious lol


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

For those who don't know what Kate is loling about, she asked for Hubbers to enter a favorite joke as one of her questions here on HP, I entered one you can find by going to her profile page and her recent activity.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

A most wonderful and heartwarming story. Enjoyed this and passing it on.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee - Passing on the link is great! I'm glad you enjoyed this seasonal story.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I think the new title makes more sense for this one. Thanks for the 25 views. Merry Christmas to all.


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Au fait 24 months ago from North Texas

A wonderful Christmas story. There are in fact a few honest people left in this world and I have benefitted from that on occasion, so I know it's true. A great poem for this Christmas season!


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teaches12345 24 months ago

This is a very touching story. Honesty is a virtue we should all hold dear within out character. May we see more of this during the Christmas season.


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Perspycacious 24 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Au fait - Your promotion of this story is ever so welcome, for without it it too would slip into oblivion at a time when one might hope it has something to say.


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Perspycacious 24 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

teaches12345 - Oh, yes, it is there to be seen at this Christmas season of the year, although less easily at other times. May we all look hard to see it always and in all seasons, and not only in relation to money.


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aviannovice 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

We ARE repaid in kind, even after we have long forgotten. What we finally hoped for for decades sometimes finally comes. But it does happen.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - I detect another story in your comment. Perhaps someday you will tell it to me.

Our weather is hovering at "almost spring-like."

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