All that glitters
What follows is my story for “Jumping off Places hosted by Linda at atticreflections.blogspot.com . Please join in the fun and enjoy my little tale.
The coupon fluttered out of her hand and landed among a sea of legs. She had worked hard cutting and clipping for what seemed like hours. A Penny saved is a penny earned. Isn’t that what her mother had always told her?
Now it was gone, the one coupon that was worth more than all the others. $2.00 off! So what if she never bought this brand of soup; and she didn’t care if she had to buy three cans. It was double coupon day and it would be practically free with the coupon. How could she pass up that?
People stepped and moved. She was on her knees but why was it so important to her? She asked herself again. Do I really need this coupon? Do I really need something, I don’t really need?
Yes, yes, yes, the answer came back at her. She grabbed at it and all at once it was in her hands. Triumphantly she took the cans of soup up to the register along with the rest of her purchases. She paid and left the store.
She returned home, picked up her mail and went inside. Lugging the bags to her kitchen pantry she opened the door and bags and packages spilled out of the packed cabinet onto the floor, as well as an errant box of pasta that whacked her on the head. What was she thinking; she didn’t use any of this stuff. She made a good living, she didn’t need to scrimp and save. She didn’t need to hoard. Guilt stabbed at her gut.
Disgusted with her obsession, she turned to the mail. Sitting on top of the stack was a letter from the food bank asking for donations. That was the last straw. She was getting the message loud and clear. Sorry mom I’ve earned enough pennies today, she thought.
She put the mail down and sifted through her purse for her keys. She went out to the garage and got some cardboard boxes and filled them with groceries, got in the car and drlve to the local food bank.
She carried the boxes in and laid them on the counter.
“A donation.” She said
“Thank you, we are always in need of donations.” the girl remarked.
“I got really great deals on all this stuff.”
“Great, said the girl, a penny saved is a penny earned.”