Well the loss of Gregs job changed many things for our family. No extra money and barely enough to cover our monthly bills. It was rough to say the least.
Mother’s Day approached and our daughter’s birthday. I needed a dress for a special event at the hospital where I worked. Greg handed me a $20.00 bill and said “this is it”. I asked my sister Ann to go with me to look for a dress. We walked into Macy’s and there it was – the “perfect” dress, AND on the $11.99 clearance rack! I tried it on and it fit like a glove. I was so excited but as I left the dressing room I spotted a beautiful pair of black capri pants – just my daughter’s style and size. I went to the cashier and asked for the price on the capris - $9.99! I couldn’t believe it – I COULD GET BOTH!!
I was so thrilled I was ready to check out. The cashier scanned the capri pants $9.99 - then she scanned the dress $45.99 – OH NO! I told the cashier that I would pass on the dress and just get the pants for my daughter’s birthday. She said, “Let me check on this”. She scanned it again and the same - $45.99. She asked me to go get another item off the clearance rack for a scanning number – I grabbed the first t-shirt I saw – she scanned in the item and asked if $4.99 would be OK for the dress. What?? I didn’t understand – the dress is $4.99? I asked. Yes she answered calmly.
I started crying – the clerk looked at me with a tender expression and said, “I really feel that you should have both items”. I pulled out the $20.00 bill and with shaking hands passed it to the clerk. She paused for a moment and asked, “Are you OK?” I explained the situation with my husband’s job and the lack of money to buy “extras”. I explained that God had allowed me to find a dress and still be able to bless my daughter with a birthday gift. By this time the clerk, my sister and I were all crying. She came around the counter and hugged me – she said, “My mother was just diagnosed with breast cancer and I’ve felt that I needed to show people love today”. I looked at her with amazement – and answered,
“I am a nurse practitioner and take care of patients with breast cancer”! Now the clerk was sobbing.
As we left Macy’s with the dress and the capri pants in hand – I looked to the sky – Thank you God! Not only did the $20.00 cover both items but left just enough for a Route 44 Sonic!!