To the leaders of the local Girl Scout Troop that stood at the intersection of State Road 54 and 4th Street Tuesday evening: Thank you.
Your kind gesture helped me break through a grumpy mood.
I was having an off day. The day before had been overwhelming, and I was set on going home and just being alone just because I could. Tuesday I was aggravated because my plan for solitude had been disrupted to run an errand.
But, because of that extra errand, I got to see an incredibly kind gesture.
There is a man who often walks around town making his way past your booth. I think everyone knows his name. Some people stop and chat with him. But, I never had.
As he walked past your booth, I heard you ask him what kind of Girl Scout cookies he liked. Even after he tried to refuse -- because as you later told me he had no money -- you insisted he pick out his favorite box of cookies.
I watched the exchange with my windows down. I could hear every word, and my mood started to lift.
The only thing I could think to do to show you I saw the kind gesture and it was appreciated was to pull into the lot and offer up the $4 to cover his box of cookies. I'll be honest, I don't like the taste of the cookies, but the tastefulness you ladies showed warranted the four singles I had in the wallet in my passenger's seat.
So, I just wanted to say 'thank you.' Not just for helping a kind man that didn't have $4 to spare for a box of cookies, but for also showing me life is good, even on bad days.
More importantly, thank you for being such a great role model for the Girl Scouts. Those girls saw a kind gesture, which you didn't have to initiate if you didn't want to.
I wish I'd gotten your names, or even troop number, so I could include it but I was just so blown away.
There are incredible people in our communities.