Breakfast at McDonalds
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#1 Mar 2, 2011
Breakfast at McDonald's
This is a good story and is true, please read it all the way through until the end!(After the Story, there are some very interesting facts!):
I am a mother of three (ages14,12,3) and have recently completed my college degree.
The last class I had to take was Sociology.
The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.
Her last project of the term was called,'Smile.'
The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.
I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake,
Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald's one crisp March morning.
It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.
We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then
Even my husband did.
I did not move an inch... An overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.
As I turned around I smelled a horrible 'dirty body' smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.
as I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was 'smiling'
His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched f or acceptance....
He said,'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching..
The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.
I held my tears as I stood there with them.
The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.
He said,'Coffee is all Miss' because that was all they could afford.(If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).
Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes..
That is when I noticed all eyes in the
Restaurant were set on me, judging
My every action
I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.
I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.
He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said,'Thank you.'
I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said,'I did not do this for you.. God is here working through me to give you hope.'
I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son.... When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said,'That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope..'
We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.
We are not church goers, but we are believers.
That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.
I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.
I turned in 'my project' and the instructor read it
Then she looked up at me and said,'Can I share this?'
I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.
She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.
In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald's, my son, the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.
I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:
Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to
LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS
NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE
#2 Mar 3, 2011
#3 Mar 3, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to share this with us...
#5 Mar 5, 2011
What a lovely lesson.
#6 Aug 7, 2013
I chatted with a homeless person and they told me that the shelters are not safe and that the problem here in the heat is getting dehydrated. Some people keep water and canned food in their vehicle and drive around to help out the homeless.
Just the other night, I met some friends in a different part of town. I saw about 10 homeless under a bridge, all male. I haven't seen any where I live in a very long time. Rumor has it that if they are seen in this part of town, they are loaded up and driven closer to Houston.
Some sleep on the steps of churches in Downtown Houston.
#8 Aug 8, 2013
What kind of pizza are we talking about?
Since: Aug 13
#13 Aug 23, 2013
What is wrong with you?
Since: May 13
#14 Aug 31, 2013
Amen!!!! Wonderful story! God bless you!:)
#15 Aug 31, 2013
It's not what is wrong with me. It's the people you run into around here and after George Zimmerman, I don't trust anyone. I was getting gas one morning, totally daylight, and someone who looked kind of like Zimmerman walked up on me at the pump and just stood there. There's a lot of people who will ask for money. This guy was dressed well and had a backpack, but that doesn't mean anything.
He asked me if I had the time. I don't wear a watch and just use my cell phone which was in the vehicle. When I said No I don't, he just stood there staring. I told I don't wear a watch. So I finished filling my vehicle and went to get the receipt. He was too close for comfort, so I told him to move. He stood there, so I motioned for him to back up. He did and I snatched the receipt, got into my car quickly and drove away. I was going grocery shopping and saw him walking down the road, so he didn't even have a car.
Maybe he wanted or needed a ride, but he shouldn't have done what he did. All he did was creep me out. Now someone will tell me I should have called police or engaged him somehow. I just wanted to get out of there.
My spouse usually fills my vehicle and this is why I prefer for him to do it. I'm perfectly capable of doing it, but he is larger and more imposing. Normally, there's not a row of cars when I fill up, but on that day, there was a row of cars. Why he picked me to bug, I'll never know . I know from now on, I will probably fill it a lot sooner so I won't have to stand there putting in almost 20 gallons.
I help people I know by paying for meals out if I know they can't afford it or taking them groceries so they don't have to subsist on food pantry items which are not typically healthy. Lots of canned tuna and starchy meal mixes (generic hamburger helper).
#17 Sep 4, 2013
Try shopping at Whole Foods.
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