In December of 2001 I was around 3 months pregnant and getting ready for Christmas break. Ben and I were BROKE, as Broke as Broke gets. I was thrilled to turn in my books at the end of the semester to get money back for them. We had no money, a baby on the way, none of my clothes fit very well anymore and I was nauseated all the time.
Well, as Christmas approached I attended classes and had become friends with a girl in one of my classes. She was african american, wore glasses, had a very pretty face, dresses well (probably on the expensive side) and if I remember correctly she drove a nice car. On the last day before winter break she handed me a little silver box and told me she wanted to get me something for Christmas. I said thank you, gave her a hug and she went my way and I went mine. As I walked away I opened the box and there was a gift card for $100 to MIMI Maternity. I couldn't believe it. $100! And to a maternity store! I couldn't believe that someone who didn't know me very well would do something so nice for me. I didn't have her phone number or email (I didn't even understand email back then) and that was my last day at William Tyndale so honestly, I really did never see her again. But, every time I think about her I smile. I still remember what I bought with that card. Luckily MIMI Maternity was also linked to Motherhood so after seeing the prices at MIMI's I ran right to Motherhood and bought 2 pairs of pants and 2 shirts. What a HUGE gift from God that girl was too a 18 year old broke pregnant girl.
It is instances like that that have turned me into who I am today. I still remember probably every dollar that was give to Ben and I during those hard months and I am still so thankful and indebted to everyone who helped us.
Very often I have looked back and been thankful for God teaching me thru our hardship to be kind and generous towards others. It was such a special time of God shaping Ben and I that I am so thankful for.
This morning I was in the shower and remembered that girl and that gift card and it still brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. It's the little things that matter, kindness to one another is so important.
Speaking of which:
Have you emailed Great Grandma Corey lately?
attn: Pearl Corey