Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Shoes For Eva


What do you see when you look at these shoes? To anyone else they are just a pair of shoes but for me they will forever be a reminder that there is still some good left in this world.

I had to go to the mall today because Eva needed new shoes for the wedding she is in this weekend. I really didn't feel like dragging all 3 kids to the store but what other choice did I have? So we headed off to the mall. While in the store Layla began to have a huge temper tantrum. She wanted to wear the shoes Eva was trying on and wouldn't settle for any other pair but the ones on Eva's feet. She was full on screaming and crying with tears, snot and drool running down her face. I was trying to calm her down but nothing was working. As all this was happening a woman came over and started to help Eva get her shoes in the box. She was being nice to Eva but I was a little annoyed and thought, "Mind your own business Lady" but she stayed next to Eva and I could feel her watching me as I continued to try and console Layla. Once I got her to calmed down I turned to the woman and said, "Thank you" but in my mind I was thinking, "K now leave me alone so I can get out of here!" Then the woman said to me, "It's hard trying to shop with kids isn't it?" I replied "Yea well my Husband is in Iraq so I always shop with my kids." She looked shocked and then told me she wanted to buy Eva's shoes. Tears flooded my eyes and I told her she didn't need to do that, but she insisted and said it would be her pleasure to do this for me. With that she walked right up to the register and payed for them. Afterwords she took a $20 out of her purse and said, "Now I want you to take this and get your girls some dinner tonight." I again told her "No" and that she had done enough already but she insisted and said it's the least she could do. She gave me a hug, thanked me for the sacrifice my family is making and left. I was completely dumbfounded at what had just happened. This woman was a complete stranger and I'm sure I will never see her again but the kindness she showed tonight will stick with me forever. I want to be more like her and Eva's shoes will be a constant reminder for me to try a little harder to be a little better.

6 comments:

Furniss Family said...

Oh my goodness, that is so sweet! It didn't even happen to me and it brought tears to my eyes. Tears that someone would do that for you. To recognize and thank you for what your husband is doing in Iraq and what you are enduring everyday. You are such a great person Andrea! Luvs from the Furniss family!

Shelli said...

What a wonderful experience for you. What a sweet lady, there truly are angels all around us. I bet she felt so good after doing that for you. Two lives blessed by her act of kindness. Great post...thanks for that great story. It would be great in the Ensign.

Ty and Jenn said...

Andrea that brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for the reminder of the good people out there and thank you to you and Greg foryour hard work and service.

Amber said...

So sweet. The kindness of strangers...
:) love you

Rachel B said...

Andrea, I don't think you have any idea the effect your blog is having on so many lives! Love you!!! THanks for the story.

Rosa said...

That made me cry. It is so nice to know there are greatful people out there like this lady. Imagine if we could all be like her. How neat!!