Lesson Learned in a Laundromat

The man had already caught her eye.

She called him, “eccentric.” 

From her description, he was no doubt a pretty good target for anyone who may be inclined to belittle another.

He accidentally put his quarter in the dryer of the person whose clothes were in the dryer above his.  It was an honest ‘mistake,’ if you can even call it a mistake. You and I might have just said, ‘thank you,’ and reimbursed him for his lost quarter. Instead, the burley man whose clothes were in the dryer, began yelling at him. He drew unnecessary attention to the situation, made him feel less than…even stupid.

My friend watched in disbelief. At one point she wanted to intervene, but decided not to. After a few minutes had passed, she felt certain that she was to go to the man and give him a quarter. She felt silly, and fought the urge to not do the very thing she knew she should. With her head and heart united, she got up and boldly walked over to the ‘eccentric’ man. She took the quarter out of her pocket and handed it to him. She did not need to offer an explanation. He thanked her and each of them returned to their seats.

A few minutes later, the woman who was working the laundromat that day, walked over to my friend and held out a card. On it was a handwritten note, entitling her to $2.00 worth of laundry services on her next visit. In the last line, she thanked her for her kindness. My friend was almost brought to tears over the transaction. I think it was a combination of the fact that someone else had seen and also cared and the realization that God had seen too. The truth is…she really could use the extra $2.00 for her next trip to the laundromat.

We all listened intently as she told the story last night at our Tuesday night dinner. I couldn’t help think of the irony, knowing that this was one of the young women who had joined me on my RAK adventures and handed out laundry packets to those in laundromats. I felt like a proud mom.

This new encounter, however, was all hers. It was not just about a quarter. It was much more about compassion of heart and generosity of spirit. It cost her a quarter, a moment to obey, and the vulnerability of a softened heart. Because of it, all of us came away with much more than two dollars!

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About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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1 Response to Lesson Learned in a Laundromat

  1. Debra says:

    Making me cry at work again Debbie – well done.

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