Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pay It Forward - Lemon Tart

It was one of those days when nothing went right. I felt murderous, weepy, angry. The only thing that sustained me was multi-sensory experience of digging into a lemon tart at Café Steinbeck.

I reached for the last lemon tart a moment before she did. I could see the disappointment in her eyes. She looked even more haggard than I felt- the burp mark on her left shoulder told its story. I picked up the tart, and put in on her tray. She was speechless, I could see the gratitude in her eyes.
“Pay it forward”, I said. And smiled.


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A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.




A Random Act of Kindness always sets off a chain, which may or may not circle back to you, but which makes the world a better place to be in. See it play out in our Pay it Forward feature, exclusively at the Burrow.


Image credit - Kimberly Vardeman

27 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - What a wonderful story! And an important reminder of how a simple act of kindness can make such a difference to everyone.

Laura Eno said...

Beautiful drabble! Oddly enough, now I'm hungry...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

A little thoughtfulness goes a long way!

Mason Canyon said...

Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness mean the most.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Lady Fi said...

What a touching story! Lovely.

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Tina said...

Nice. We should all do so, thanks for the reminder. Really enjoying your drabbles.

Jules said...

Wonderful, my favorite thing "Pay it Forward." :)

Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

That was so kind. Lemon tarts make everything better.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful drabble Rayna. thanks for sharing.

Yvonne,

Helen Ginger said...

I love a story that's sweet, has a message, and makes you feel good. (The lemon tarts in your picture look delicious.)

Mary said...

Wonderful, Rayna, just wonderful!

RA said...

Beautiful! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That was a nice thing to do, Rayna.

slommler said...

What a delightful and sweet story. Fabulous!
And those tarts look so good...I would love one...thank you!
Hugs
SueAnn

Stephen Tremp said...

Wow, giving up your favorite pastry ... such a kind gesture. May you receive back 100 fold.

Stephen Tremp

Clarissa Draper said...

What a wonderful thing to do and it must have been difficult because those tarts look tasty.

CD

Jemi Fraser said...

Generosity leaves a better taste than any food! You're a sweetie :)

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Wonderful drabble! And now I'm hungry for a lemon tart. Your story paid it forward in many ways. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Paying it forward is a grand way to live our lives. I loved the drabble. It's a great reminder of how much good we can do with simple and random acts of kindness.

Jan Morrison said...

Excellent drabble - wonderful human!!

Ellie said...

I love this; paying it forward to someone in such pain... I hope you receive a multitude of blessings, for this kindhearted gesture! xXx

dipali said...

Lovely!

Theres just life said...

This is just what I needed today. A great story that makes you feel good. You have always paid it forward in the fact that you have entertained us all with your writings and photos.
Now I'm feeling kind of hungry now myself.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

As someone who had lots of baby burp marks on my shoulder, I can fully appreciate the kindness shown in the story!

Ann said...

What a sweet story. I love the idea of paying it forward. Didn't simple act change the feel of your day?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great story!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Thank you everyone for commenting. Normally, I would never have given up a lemon tart, but giving it up for someone who needed it more than I do has ensured I have been tasting it all week. Zero calories and full sensory experience- have already been paid back multifold for that one kindness.

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