Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jewelry Store Owner Does the Right Thing

Hardly the headline that would likely appear in tomorrow's paper or the lead in tonight's news, I know. It doesn't bleed. If it doesn't bleed it doesn't lead.

But, I feel like I have a wonderful secret that the press doesn't know. People who do the right thing are out there, doing...well, the right thing.

Tonight at 5:40 as I was working out times for a group presentation that had to fit 12 or so people and topics into 60 minutes or less, I got a phone call from my mother telling me she'd lost her purse.

Her tone of voice said it all: disgust, aggravation, frustration, fear. She was so convinced that it was gone, never to be seen again that she went ahead and called her bank and shut all that down. She was letting me know she didn't have her cell phone and therefore would be out of communication commission.

I asked if she had checked the lost and found. She had not because she was not hopeful.

You can see where this is going, so I will spare you the details but for this: at 8:00 pm we were at the mall security office where she picked up her purse, intact, complete with cash and cell phone.

Today is the start of the Lenten season, and all over the world people are giving up something for Lent. But I feel like Lent gave me a gift today in renewing my belief that we, Americans, are bigger than all the bad news. We still quietly live our everyday lives and do the right thing.


  1. So happy for your Mom and I must say that is VERY refreshing news. I had assumed the negative before I got to the end of your post.

    My hope and faith are renewed by this.

  2. Wow,
    very spooky,
    If I hadn't moved from the Atlanta area, This would have given me bigger goose bumps.
    Went to get my teen new shoes ( SIZE 14!!!) yikes
    and he found a purse in the shoe store, beside one of the chairs where you try on shoes.
    He said " let's go find the mall security office" I asked him why he didn't just give it to the kid working there.
    he shrugged and said " sometimes you gotta go with your gut, and I want this lady to have her purse back." I guess he just thought that the kid ( kinda sullen) wouldn't have made the effort. but how strange is that?
    we never opened the little black leather clutch, but I think it's cool that your mom got hers back too!

  3. Hurray! I love a good "Do the right thing" story. I want to believe that there are lots of them happening every day, we just don't hear about them. Shame on the newspapers. Three cheers for you!



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