I found someone’s paycheck today. It was folded in half on the pavement and belonged to a kid named Jason. I could easily surmise that he was a college student because he had only worked for four hours total, earning 32 dollars after taxes. And even though 32 bucks doesn’t seem like much, when you’re a college student, that could buy a few sub sandwiches or buy enough toilet paper for a decent mummy costume (don’t underestimate how much TP an endeavor like that will really need, especially when you’ve had half a box of wine…so I’ve heard).
And this is how I paid it forward because yesterday someone at my gym was kind enough to return my digital camera to the front desk after I had left it in the locker (yes, mi nombre es el stupido). I doubt it would have fetched much money on the cameras-full-of-anonymous-baby-pictures-market since a) it is the size of a brick and b) the little flap that holds the batteries in will likely need duct tape in the future just to function. In any case, I was very fortunate that there was some humanity and honesty still left in my gym’s family locker room and I was reunited with my camera.
This small miracle has been the only way I’m able to share with you the awesome fun we’ve been having dressing Nathan’s head up as a penguin.
This hat is like a shaman; it has healing properties. It even forces Nathan to read books about farm animals, albeit, upside down.
Earlier, when passing said $879 stroller, I think the way my mouth flapped open actually broadcasted my stupid remark about people who spend that much money on a stroller because the owner of the stroller looked up at me and the direction of my loud booming voice as if to say, “I bet trash talk is all you can afford, lady!”
So much for paying it forward, even when I’m yapping some passive aggressive smack that disguises what I really want to say, “Me Want That! Me Too Poor! Me Likey! Me Not-Able-to-Afford-y!”
And when I confessed this to Nathan, he did what any loving son would do, try to compel the smack-talking demon out of my body.