The warm and fuzzies

Fairlady - - YOUR SAY -

What a pow­er­ful ar­ti­cle ‘Giv­ing is the new re­ceiv­ing’ [June 2018] was! It re­minded me of two oc­ca­sions when I en­joyed that warm, fuzzy feel­ing of giv­ing. The one that stands out was when I was at my low­est. I had just left my hus­band and was strug­gling to make ends meet. One evening, on my way out, I glumly stuck my hands in my coat pock­ets – and found a R100 note. I could not be­lieve my eyes: a gift from heaven. On our way home, I took that note and bought ice cream for the kids and their friends whose par­ents had been so kind to us. It’s pos­si­ble one of the par­ents had put the money in my pocket – they have no idea what plea­sure it gave me to share it with my chil­dren and their friends. It was the best ice cream we have ever eaten!

The other oc­ca­sion was af­ter I had spent about R1 000 on gro­ceries in prepa­ra­tion for the hol­i­days and re­alised I had no small change for the car guard. Like many of us, I thought ‘next time’. Then, on the spur of the mo­ment, I gave him R100 and told him to en­joy the hol­i­days. His as­ton­ish­ment is some­thing I will re­mem­ber for a long time. I still re­call his words: ‘For me?’

Thank you for the re­minder. I prom­ise to cre­ate more warm, fuzzy mo­ments for my­self, to the ben­e­fit of all those I give to. Ch­eryl King

Ed: We had such a strong and pos­i­tive re­sponse to that story… It’s such a re­minder that we all gen­er­ally want to help other peo­ple – we just some­times don’t know how to go about it.

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