the core on the edge


I saw something nice down in Greenville yesterday.

We were in a toy store on Main St. and a father came in with his young daughter and started talking to the cashier.

“My son bought a bat and ball….but somehow we didn’t end up paying for all this other stuff.”

That’s kind of confusing when someone comes back to pay.

I’m sure that the cashier gets questioned about stuff that was paid for more often than she runs into someone wanting to pay more.

The father, in front of his young daughter, who was with him, figured out what hadn’t been paid for….and took care of the discrepancy.

People are quick to jump on things that work against them….if they’ve overpaid, they rush to fix the problem.

It was nice to see someone working to fix a situation that worked against someone else’s business.

It was good that I didn’t see him dancing on the street after getting all that free stuff, waving his receipt and yelling, “SCORE!!!”

His honesty wasn’t a “grand gesture”, either.

It was just a quiet thing that the father did.

It was the “right thing” to do….and he did it quietly and efficiently.

When he left, I told him that I thought it was a good thing for his kids to be able to see him do that.

That was a good thing….what that good Daddy did.

All this stuff….all these lessons that we try to teach our children…..we try so hard to “educate”….and it’s the quiet things on the edges of our lives that I have a feeling they’re going to internalize and remember.

It’s the kindness or honest moment that we don’t even pay attention to while we’re (hopefully) doing it that they’re keeping track of.

I better mind my “P’s and Q’s”.


About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.

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