As I entered Target and looked at the bargain bin for some cute Valentine’s buckets for my daughter, a young man came up to me.
“Excuse me, ma’am” he said; his speech having a mild impediment.
As I turned to look at him, he smiled big and said, “Thank you for being beautiful!”
I was stunned for a moment, as I had assumed he was going to ask for the time or for directions to a particular section.
(I sometimes have the air about me that I may just know what time it is and I may also know my way around a store or ten.)
I returned a large smile back and thanked him and let his actions marinade for a moment before going about my task of finding just the right trinkets for my littlest sweetheart.
As I made my selections and headed back to the produce to grab an avocado and a juice, my lunchtime prince returned.
He started singing to me the Miss America theme song and I could not help but laugh out loud. I told him to behave and have a great day and off he went with a smile.
I don’t know if he truly thought I was beautiful or simply thought I was having a bad day and needed a lift, and neither matter. In 5 seconds he turned my day into something different and it made me want to do the same for someone else.
One could take the same 5 seconds and ruin someone’s day, but he didn’t.
To the sweet young man in Target who clearly gets how to be a human, thank YOU for being beautiful, brave, and you.