Much is said about the golden rule and do unto others, being charitable, kind and giving but in my experience in a life of almost 45 years, I rarely get a chance to see people put their money where their mouths are. People turn their noses to the needy and destitute, seemingly not wanting to be hassled with a charitable heart. This sickens me.

I may come across as an asshole, a smart-ass, a buffoon, class clown, or any number of choice adjectives you can place before my name...it's ok, admit it, you wont bother me in the least.....I do admit to being a cut up and it is one of my greatest strengths...and if you do not agree, I have a long finger between my pointer and ring fingers dedicated to you...

Yet, despite my usually flippant attitude, I am very serious about freedom and I express it in my own way. But I digress.

I happened to be at the local gas station/food mart earlier. I was next in line to be rung up and the man in line before me was having his groceries checked out while his two kids(teens) fidgeted close by. The man then produced a plastic food stamp card to pay for his wares and the cashier processed the transaction only to discover that the man's balance was insufficient to pay the whole bill. It saddened me to see this man and his kids start to go through the bags of food, trying to determine what they could do without...ENOUGH!

I looked the man squarely in the eyes and told him, "Sir, take your groceries, I will cover your balance." He looked at me with a kind of shocked gratitude in his eyes and asked,"Really?" I told him yes, really, and then in a low voice i told him, there is no shame in needing help and there is no shame in accepting it...we all need it from time to time. I also told him that my family is on food stamps(our last month thankfully) and we are always running short. He thanked me more sincerely than I have ever been thanked for anything before, he told me he had 7 kids to feed. I told him I had four and I knew what he is saying.

Once the transaction was complete(while several other people looked on in surprise) the man handed the food to his kids and turned to me, shook my hand and thanked me again. Here I saw an opportunity...

I told the man in a loud voice that all in the store could hear, If you want this economy to turn around..vote for Ron Paul.

It is my sincerest hope that this man and all that were present will always associate goodness and charity with the name Ron Paul.

BTW: I am not trying to blow my horn but this has been my way for as long as I remember...if I see someone in need and I can help them out..consider them helped out...Peace y'all

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Comment by TommyD on January 21, 2012 at 12:22pm

greaaaat song...

Comment by Tara on January 21, 2012 at 12:17pm

I think this song sums up what your post is all about Tommy:)

Comment by TommyD on January 20, 2012 at 5:58pm

Me thinks this needs more views....

Comment by Marklar on January 19, 2012 at 11:57am

I remember once getting a cheap ring from a very poor person who found out it was my birthday and that I had received no gifts.

I remember a homeless girl giving me a small beaded bracelet made of glass beads on dental floss that she had made just for me as a thank you for letting her hang out with me from time to time.

I remember a homeless man who burst into tears and blessed me just for giving him a cigarette when he asked for one.

Sometimes the smallest of acts are both the most important and the most memmorable as well.

Comment by Tara on January 18, 2012 at 11:22pm

Beautiful post Tommy!!!! You brought a tear to my eye but a tear of joy for all that is good in the world still. Sometimes we all need a helping hand and there should never be shame in needing help. Do unto others, loving each other, giving a helping hand and never asking for anything in return but a smile and thanks. That is enough in and of itself. Thanks for this post friend, peace~

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