The theme of this week’s posts is surprise or secret Christmas gifts we have given. Here are two surprise gifts that I never told anyone about, until today.
I buy gas at the same gas station each time, and noticed a very down and out guy was sort of helping out there. I doubt they paid him but they probably gave him free coffee or food. I certainly hope so.
He looked so scruffy and thin and would walk around the gas station and pick up trash, and help out in small ways. At Christmas time, I asked what his name was, in the office, and said “I want to give him a Christmas card. I notice he is doing a good job helping out.” I got a Christmas card for him, wrote his name on the envelope, put money in the card, signed my first name, and when I saw him, I handed him the envelope and wished him “Merry Christmas.”
I left quickly, and am sure he was very surprised, and touched, and I felt happy I could do something kind for a stranger.
Another Christmas I read in our newspaper about a guy who was travelling around the country riding his horse, and who was in our town, and a bit short of cash. In some rural areas, he picked up cowboy jobs, but our city wasn’t very suited for that. I kept some money at hand, and when I saw him on his horse, on a busy city street, I pulled over, and ran up to him, and gave him the money while wishing him a Merry Christmas.
Surprising people can be a good thing for the giver and the receiver, no doubt about it.
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