As the story goes, when the kids were little we never had any money(go figure) to do anything when they were on spring or summer vacation. So I would try to find ways to entertain them, like taking them to a different park to play or maybe a different school just so that they could try out their equipment. It wasn't much but the kids liked it. I also, had another little girl that I watched a lot. We were friends with her parents and well, child care wasn't real high on their list. They would leave her with her older sibling but that sibling would just leave or have friends over. So I kept the little girl for all breaks, there would be times where she didn't leave for weeks and I'm not exaggerating. I did it just because I loved the little girl. (And this story is in no way to gain praise from y'all, you know I'm a sinner not a saint!)
One of the little things that I would do was to save up change and then take the kids to the dollar store(the everything is a buck one). It wasn't much but it was an outing. So the deal was each one of them would get 2 things each. And we spent a couple of hours pouring over everything. It always boiled down to having to choose from three things. I don't know why but that's just how the dollar store worked.
I wasn't going to let them talk me into three things each. First, I never had extra money to pay for more. And who really needs more than two cheap toys from the dollar store.
Every time after our little excursion, they would come home and play with their new toys(using the word toys vaguely, more like toxic junk). The mother of the little girl stopped over and they all showed off their new prizes. The little girl told her mom how she narrowed it down from three to two and why she chose the toys that she did. She did not say it because she wanted the other toy just how she came to her conclusion. All three of them happily left the room to play with their
That was when the unexpected happened. The mother was instantly mad at me. Boy, I didn't see that one coming. She said that it was just a dollar and why wouldn't I just give it to her! So I told her that I only had enough money to get six things and pay tax on them. That really didn't help matters any. She honest to God, didn't understand why I was being so stingy because it was just ONE DOLLAR. I told her that she was welcome to take her daughter and drive back to the store and buy it for her. In the end, she left in a huff( but still let me watch her child for the rest of the summer).
Fast forward to today. That little girl is 19. I see her once in a while and she whispers in my ear that the only happy times of her childhood were with me. Those words were a huge gift to me.
Her parents are divorced, the house that they lived in has been foreclosed on. They ran up so much credit card debit that they filed for bankruptcy even though they both have really good jobs. I won't judge them because I know better than anyone how hard life is.
Which brings me back to that one dollar that caused so many problems. To her it had no value at all, to me it had a lot. Maybe one dollar is the way to change your future.
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