Show an Interest

June 15, 2022 –

When you realize you will never fit into some of your clothes again, it’s time to pass them on. Today, my wife carried two large clothing containers to the thrift center at The Florida Baptist Home. These containers held many nice shirts, pants, dresses, and blouses we no longer used — basically, we had outgrown the clothing.

We used to say, “Someday, we will lose weight and fit into the clothes again.” Someday hasn’t and probably will never occur. So, we boxed up the clothes and took them to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home.

A teenage boy came out to carry the two boxes into the receiving room upon arrival. He noticed two small Miracle Grow bags in my SUV and said, “Planning on planting a garden?” “No, I responded, I’m using it for my flowers.” His next question was, “What flowers are you growing?” I replied, all kinds of flowers.” As he started toward the building’s entrance door, he said, Good luck with your garden.”

The young man saw two small fertilizer bags, asked two questions, and made one statement based on his observations.

Do not ask why I write this story? It was refreshing to deal with someone interested in me and what I was doing. When was the last time someone showed an interest in you? Or when was the last time you showed an interest in someone else?

As I grow older, I listen more to what people say, but I am even more mindful of what