Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pay It Forward

Around Christmas time in 2007, I pulled up to the drive through window at Starbucks to pay for my tall eggnog latte. The girl at the window leaned out, handed me a card that read, "God Loves You," and told me that the man in the car two ahead of me had already paid for my drink.

I was so taken by his small act of kindness that I looked for a way to do the same. So the next time I went through the Starbucks drive through, I paid for the coffee for the person in line behind me and asked the cashier to wish him a Merry Christmas.

I've since learned that this is called Paying It Forward. The name comes from a movie starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment, and the practice has been popularized by Oprah.

Yesterday I was catching up on my blog reading after returning from my trip to Paris and came across this post by Candy at Rock Candy. I jumped on it quickly and was lucky to be tops on her comment list.

So now it's my turn to Pay It Forward. Just be one of the first three to post a comment on this post, and you'll get a surprise from me. Then it will be your turn. I can't promise that your gift from me is exactly handmade, but I did have a part in creating it. Meanwhile I'm anxiously awaiting to see what I'll get from Candy. I'm sure it will be special.


Sarah Beth said...

I love that movie and the whole idea of Paying it Forward. What a great reminder for us all to be "Paying it Forward" every opportunity we get. Thanks Kbeau!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I've never seen the movie - but love the idea!

Keetha said...

I think I'm number three. I want to play so badly that I'm leaving this comment BEFORE I even figure out what I could give. Ah well, there is no TIME LIMIT given, so I'll figure it out as I go.

I watched "Pay it Forward" - - - it was a good little story.

susan said...

This movie reminded me of one of my favorite books and old movies (1954) of all time--"Magnificent Obsession starring Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman. I know I'm #4--just passing along some trivia!

Domestic Designer said...

Love the movie and the concept! Have a great day!

darnold23 said...

Just returned last evening from Italy and was checking in on your trip to France. I can't wait to read your stories about that. I've had this same Pay it Forward thing happen to me as well. Isn't it just the grandest surprise. I think it "makes your day" for quite a while.