Labor of love

So this one day I went to the laundry mat with my parents to do laundry .. I noticed that the same lady that sells tamales is there again.. So of course my siblings were saying Dinah can you buy me some tamales? And being that there’s SOOO many of us we bought out all the tamales in her cart .. Yes we are her number one customers! Bt while I was standing there making small talk with this lady who barely speaks any English as she’s preparing our tamale plates she begins to tells me she’s got 4 kids and some of her kids attend the same school as my brothers .. And as our conversation went on .. in the back of my mind I realize that this woman isn’t just the tamales lady that I see all the time .. And from what I understood she’s the sole provider for her family .. And if she’s got kids who are the same age as my brothers I can only imagine what their school shopping was like .. And then I glanced down at her feet I noticed that not only were her feet hurting from standing all day but the soles of her shoes were worn out and she had holes at the bottom of her shoes .. So after which I paid for our food and went home .. That night I couldnt stop thinking of this woman ..so the next morning I asked my dad to take me back to the laundry mat and there she was again standing there wearing the same shoes, standing in the same spot selling her tamales and serving people with a smile ..as I walked up to her and gave her everything I had in my wallet and said I know this money can’t buy you a new house or a new car but I pray that with this money it will help you with your situation.. I hugged her and told her I loved her and that I appreciate people like her and asked her to buy herself some shoes .. With tears in her eyes she said thank you .. So the point im trying to say is .. People who sells flowers on the side of the road or people who ask to clean your windows for $1 or $2 or it could be that little lady who sells tamales at the laundry mat please have some compassion and give them a little extra because there’s no greater feeling than helping someone who needs it more than you

—  Dinah Jane