I witnessed a heartwarming little scene in Lidl this afternoon.
Ahead of me in the queue, having completed a huge Xmas shop, was a man, maybe in his 30s. With him were his very young daughter and son, both commendably well-behaved. The man accidentally dropped a penny from the change the cashier had given him, and while he carried on packing his shopping, his daughter picked up the coin, and dutifully held it up for him, craning her neck upwards.
He was very busy packing and didn’t notice her, but she resolutely kept holding the penny up, for some time. Eventually he saw her, gently took the coin, and thanked her. He and I made eye contact, and smiled. She saw us smiling, and she smiled, too. She then tried to pull the till receipt from the machine, but couldn’t summon the necessary force, so he helped her, and handed her the receipt. It was quite the most moving thing I’ve seen in a long time.
Have a good week.