April 10


A Kept Promise…

By Emily Wilke

April 10, 2014

a kept promise

Hello Friends!

Today I wanted to share with you a story from my childhood.

When I was 9, I was introduced to jewelry making by a friend of my parents. She took me to my neighborhood bead store and the shop owner taught me how to make earrings. I was hooked!! Fast forward a couple of years, and I spent every dollar of my weekly allowance at the bead store.

One day, I was probably in middle school, I rode my bike up to make my weekly purchase. I was short by 10 cents. Instead of making me put something back, the shop owner told me that I just owed her the dime on my next visit. I was so excited and grateful. A few days later I was in the shopping center with my family and grabbed a dime from the car and ran into the shop. Sliding the dime across the counter, I said to the shop owner that I had owed her this. She took it from me with, what I know now as a surprised look in her face, and dropped it in her cash register.

Fast forward again to my sophomore year in high school, and I was ready for my first job. I asked the shop owner if she was hiring, and she asked me to fill out an application and said she would get back to me. She called the next day and asked me to come in for an interview. About a week after she hired me she told me she remembered that I had given her back the $.10 I had owed and that I was the only one who had ever done that out of all of the people she had given that chance. It had convinced her to give me a shot even though I was younger than she preferred to hire. That job lasted 5 years. I gained a deeper education in my favorite hobby and a friendship with the shop owner that will last a lifetime!

So the moral of my story is that something you can do today can have a profound effect on your future. I kept my promise and something amazing came out of it. Heck, I just wanted to keep shopping there and felt a little guilty with this debt hanging over my head.

Have you ever had an experience like this? Can you trace a wonderful thing back to a seemingly insignificant action?

Let me know if the comments below.

Thanks for reading!


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