I don’t think I’m a particularly lucky person. I have taken tons of surveys and never won anything. Even when I was a kid I didn’t win. I remember my Mom dragging me to Bingo at the fire hall but I never won. Well, except for that one time when I won a dish towel but I don’t think you can count that. A dish towel? Really?
A few weeks ago when I checked out at my neighborhood Farm Fresh a survey printed along with my receipt. When I came home I thought, “what the heck – it will just take a few minutes” so I sat down at my computer and took the survey. Of course I didn’t think I would ever hear anything. As a matter of fact, I had myself convinced that Farm Fresh probably didn’t even choose winners.
Imagine my surprise when I got an e-mail from Farm Fresh stating that I was chosen to win $100! Seriously? No way! I was sure it was a scam so I just ignored the e-mail. Then a few days later I got a phone call from the people who Farm Fresh uses to pick the winners. Holy cow - was it possible that I could have actually won? I was told to go back to the e-mail and download a form and fax it back – so I did - but I got it there a day late. I didn’t hear anything for weeks so I just assumed that my form got there too late and I wasn’t going to be a winner…again.
Woody was very excited. He had lots of plans for my $100 gift card to Farm Fresh. He figured that we should buy lots of steak. If you know Woody this will not come as a surprise. So, the next time I went to Farm Fresh to pick up a few things (sorry Woody – no steak) I pulled out my gift card to pay.
When I looked at the gift card something caught my eye. Apparently, the gift card could be used at several grocery stores but what really jumped out at me was Shop ‘n Save. No, we don’t have a Shop ‘n Save in our area but I put the card back in my wallet anyway because at that moment I knew the gift card wasn’t meant for me – it was meant for someone very special to me.
Sometimes life takes twists and turns and sometimes there are more bills than there is money. Sometimes the pipes leak and the electrical outlets blow out. Sometimes the furnace breaks and breaks again. Sometimes it’s really hard to figure out where you’ll get the money to pay for the oil to heat your house. Sometimes life is hard.
My special person is going through a rough financial time right now and I know in my heart that this gift card is meant for her. I also know that a $100 gift card to a grocery store won’t make everything better but maybe it will help just a little.
I know something else too. I know that I am lucky. I’m lucky to have this loving, caring, giving, special person in my life and I’m lucky that I was able to help her in this little way.