I finally passed it on

Do you remember several months ago when I was on cloud nine because someone paid for my family’s meal at a local fast food place in a random act of kindness?

Well, in that past column I wrote how I vowed to pass on the good gesture to someone. Well the days became weeks and weeks became months and the only gesture like that I came up with was to pay like 2 dollars for someone who didn’t have enough cash for their groceries.

I know, it was kind of pathetic.

Well, my opening to finally pass it on came Sunday at the same fast food restaurant where a good deed was passed on to me. A woman was in the process of purchasing a sandwich but only had a $50 bill. The restaurant did not take that high of a bill and the lady was in a dilemma.

I was able to swoop in quickly and save the day and made the $5 purchase prior to paying for my meal.

Yeah, $5 it not that much but the woman seemed to really appreciate the gesture. In other words, I felt the happiness it brought someone else was worth more than $5 out of my pocket.

In my previous column, I was hoping many people out there could pass on the goodwill to others. I guess I eventually heeded my own advice several months later. So now I call on the public again to pass on good gestures. What’s a few dollars in the grand scheme of things if it means people can once again feel like we are in a community with people who look out for each other? It’s kind of like the stories they talk about in the olden days of neighbors helping neighbors.

It reminds me of when I was living in Newton and my then-girlfriend (now wife) was living in Marshalltown. She got a flat tire south of Laurel and called me for some help. I was able to get there pretty quick and found two local men already there helping her out. They helped change the tire to the spare and did not wanting anything in return as they went on their way. That’s the true spirit of a community.

I hope what happened Sunday will inspire the person I helped to keep passing it on – and maybe a few of you.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or apotter@timesrepublican.com