One day I went into the donation center (separate from the store) to ask if she would call me if any sturdy suitcases were donated. When I told her why I needed sturdy suitcases (to take books to Africa), she said, "Gurrrl! Yo' man is goin' to the Motherland?! I'm gonna help you!"
Indeed, she was true to her word and helped me find the suitcases that went to Rwanda.
So - I asked Hubby to bring her a souvenir from "the Motherland" - something Africa-ish.
When we took the gift to Renee today, (he bought a pair of earrings in the shape of the continent) you would have thought this woman won the lottery. She was super excited.
I mean thrilled.
Jumping up and down - going crazy.
She took off the earrings she wore to work and told Mr. Intensity, "I'm gonna throw these in the trash. I've got new, beautiful, earrings from AFRICA!"
Renee was talking so loudly that everyone in the store could hear her. Heads were turning. I think she liked the attention.
She was very grateful. I've smiled all day thinking about her gratitude for such a small thing. I want to be more like her.