Monday, January 24, 2011

The Barbie

Tonight I took Caleb to his weekly Upward basketball practice at our church. I pulled up to the door, gave him a hug, and told him I'd be back when he was done. While he worked on his skills with his team, Sarah, Gabriel, and I made our way to Walmart to pick up a few things I had been needing to get anyway.

We strolled down the make-up aisle and I found some lip gloss and face wash. I also picked up some fingernail polish remover that I so desperately needed, and I grabbed a small, purse-sized lotion thingy.

Sounds like a pretty basic, normal, boring trip to Walmart, right?

When I was done with my small list, I told Sarah and Gabriel I'd let them look at the toys. They are always good at this, knowing we are just looking and not buying. They like to hold things sometimes or point out what might be fun, but they know nothing is coming home with us! I turned the corner to go down the girl aisle (as I call it) and I noticed some really cute, fun, new Barbies that I hadn't noticed before! We talked about how pretty they were, and Sarah made sure to show me the one that Mama had given her for Christmas - the one with the horse that she always plays with.

And then I heard a voice behind me. It was very unexpected because I didn't notice anyone in the aisle as we strolled along: "Is there a doctor Barbie?"

It was a woman - my age I'd guess, maybe a bit younger - who looked a little rough I'll admit. I replied, "Well, I'm not sure! I'll help you look." I glanced down at all the different varieties, and then I spotted her - the doctor Barbie. "Here she is. Sure looks cute!"

As I began to walk away and continue the toy browsing with my kids, I heard her continue: "My daughter's birthday is tomorrow, and I only have $9. Do you think you could help me buy this Barbie?"

It totally caught me off guard. Totally.

I am not one to carry cash with me, and tonight was no different. I knew she needed $11 to make up the difference, and I didn't have it on me. But quickly and strongly I felt that I needed to say yes. I was supposed to buy this toy for a woman I didn't even know.

"I don't have cash on me, but I'm done with my shopping if you want to go up front with me. I'll buy it for you when I check out."

"Really? Oh, my gosh. Thank you. Are you sure? I really appreciate this." She told me her daughter would be turning 5, and I looked at Sarah, sitting in the cart, and said, "My little girl will be 5 this summer. She likes Barbies, too."

We arrived at the front of the store. I purchased the doll for her soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter, handed it to her, and told her I hoped her little girl would have a great day tomorrow.

I'm not really sure why I felt compelled to buy that Barbie. As she walked away, and as I pushed the cart with my kids inside, I kept wondering why God allowed this encounter. Who was He wanting to speak to - me or her?


Jennifer said...

Wow....what an amazing thing you did -- and what a blessing you were to that woman.

Jamie~ said...

Holy smokes! Good job being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. What a blessing you were to that woman!

Jamie~ said...

Oops, didn't realize that Jennifer said the same thing. It must be double true then!

Crystal said...

That is wonderful. You have to feel great inside.

thechattymommy said...

I feel like singing the Christmas shoes song.
You know the one, "sir, I wanna buy these shoes, for my mama, please, it's Christmas eve and these shoes are just her size..."
I'm sure you have heard it.
How special and what a blessing.
My mom raised my brother and I on her own and she has some great stories of people who helped her out at times, especially when she was unsaved.
What a great experience and what a great lesson for your kids.

Alison said...

That was so nice of you. I think whatever the reason she came across your path, you helped her and she will remember that goodwill.
I love your blog too, so nice and inspiring.

The Immediate Mom said...

What a neat thing - what God does when we finally go with the flow, right? I'm new to the blog and I'm enjoying it - keep writing!

Casie Dempsey said...

And you just made me weepy. Amazing Chrissy.

Colleen said...

That's so very beautiful. What a blessing for both of you.

Wendy said...

I think that is great, but it makes me wonder why someone would want to buy something when they know they don't have enough money in their pocket to do so...especially if it was a non-necessity. I like to think the generous side of me would do the same as you did, but usually if I don't have the money on me, I don't have the money period. BTW...glad you are back! I enjoy reading the blog.

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