Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Good Job!! For Warm Heart Wednesday #24

Welcome to Warm Heart Wednesday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This is where we share something that warmed our hearts.

There are so many people and services that we tend to take for granted.  For years I shopped at the same Kroger Supermarket.  To myself I would admire the produce department.  It was usually very neat and well stocked.  The produce looked fresh.  It never even occurred to me to share my thoughts with anyone else.
One day as I was shopping the man that usually worked in that department was putting out some fresh produce right next to where I was looking.  I commented on how nice everything always looked.  His reaction caught me by surprise.  He turned to me with a big smile and said, "Thank you so much.  We try very hard to keep it looking good."  Then he introduced himself and shook my hand.

In an instant I knew I had made his day.  I had seen him hundreds of times.  Why hadn't I said something before?  I guess because I took his good work for granted.  Probably most of the time when a customer spoke to him it was to complain about something.  I had caught him completely off guard by paying him a compliment.  For me it was a heart warming moment and a lesson learned.

Perhaps you heard about the little 3 year old girl in Illinois who enjoyed waving to the garbage man every Thursday?  She would wait for him with her mom just so she could wave.  He would honk the horn and give her a big wave back.

Brooklyn decided she wanted to share one of her birthday cup cakes with him and that's exactly what she did.
It was a special heart warming moment for both of them.

The garbage man is someone we take for granted, but if he didn't show up for a while we'd sure notice!  Thank you Brooklyn for the reminder.

Please head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thank you for visiting.


8 comments:

  1. There are a lot of great and wonderful stories out there and I wish the news would put them on there! Nice stories.

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  2. A great reminder of how praise goes a long way. I enjoyed both your stories. Thanks for sharing! visiting from warm heart wednesday.

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  3. It is so true that we all take so much for granted, Betty. It is so nice to pass on a good word and a smile to all we meet.

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  4. Beautifully written Betty! I try to compliment servers, clerks, etc. everyday because it is true, they just catch heck from folks! Little Brooklynn was so sweet. I loved that story. Thank you Betty, have a great day!

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  5. You are right, Betty, there are so many doing things for us, we should appreciate and thank them. Have you ever been thanked by the person you are serving? It does sort of 'make your day.
    A grocery produce worker one day said something about the letters on my jacket and recognized it as the college where he was studying and from which which I retired. We talked for a bit, he shared with me how hard it was for him to get a decent job as he had a prison record. But this particular store would hire ex-felons. He was very grateful and I felt good that he could be helped.
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  6. It is so easy to make that nice comment. I think we're just so wrapped up and forget that we can have that kind of impact. Thanks for the warm-hearted reminder.

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  7. I love your story and that of the little girl. It's amazing how much the grocery clerks remember little things about customers. Every so often someone will ask the Husband and me if we rode our bikes when we purchase several bags full.

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  8. A kind an friendly word always makes people happy, myself included !

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