Two Dollars

Two Dollars by Jae-Ha Kim

By Jae-Ha Kim
November 29, 2014

My son has a tiny wallet. It’s a miniature version of his dad’s. He carries around a couple bucks, ’cause you know, it might come in handy.

Usually, he says he wants to buy a Nerf gun. Usually, I say, “No.”

We were at the store today picking up some groceries. A full cartload, actually. As the cashier was ringing up our items, I looked back to see an elderly gentleman holding just one object: a pie. He wasn’t impatient or annoyed, but I could see that he was tired. There were no other lanes open and I hated the idea of him having to stand there to wait for us.

So I asked the cashier to add the pie onto my bill so that he could be on his way.

I know this makes me sound like I’m bragging, because just by repeating it, I am. And that’s not a gracious way to do something nice.

But this is the part I want to really brag about: The gentleman took two dollar bills out of his wallet and gave them to my son. He patted my little guy on the head, thanked us and told us to have a nice weekend. I asked Kyle what he was going to do with his money. Perhaps save it for a new toy? And this is what he said: “No, Mommy. I’m going to keep it in my wallet so that I can do something nice for someone. It feels really good making people happy.”

My heart. My son. ♥

© 2014 JAE-HA KIM | All Rights Reserved

Comments (34)

  1. mrsjennyl says:

    Love the story! I’d rather hear stories like this over most of the stuff I here in the news.

  2. Peter Schumacher says:

  3. noellecruz says:

    So sweet!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. lisaarcella says:

    Can you figure out a way to package his sweetness ?

  5. scoozey says:

    I was reading it like by then d’awwww what a smart guy

  6. Siobhan Murphy-Elias says:

    Thanks for sharing this sweet story!

  7. Kevin says:

    * That’s real “spirit” right there! High fives all the way around!

  8. Lynne says:

    Your raising a fine young man!! Love this story.

  9. Todd says:

    Aww. We’re going to hear this on This American Life soon, right?

  10. laraashoop says:

    Love it. ♥

  11. Peggy says:

    Love it!!

  12. davers22 says:

    That’s a great story

  13. dmhirota says:

    That is priceless.

  14. mallorymurray2 says:

    So sweet!

  15. thislittlehouse_ says:

    No wonder he said that, he has you as his mama. The best loving, example a boy could ask for. Love this ❤️

  16. mikaelowunna says:

    Awwwwwww ♥♥♥

  17. hennablossom says:

    Seriously, what Claire said. You both! ❤️

  18. amysungliu says:

    I love this! You r a great example to your son….he’s so sweet!!!!!!

  19. accidentalajumma says:

    Both you and your son are lovely – and so was the elderly guy!

  20. concorexhappiness2x says:

    Oh I loved this story! Seriously thank you for sharing♥

  21. Rachel K says:

    Kyle is the cutest:)

  22. Judy Lee says:

    So sweet. 🙂

  23. jaeun2 says:

    Oh my gosh what a sweet story and what a sweet boy your son is!!!

  24. chicagofoodgirl says:

    Setting a great example! Love this story and great parents to learn from

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