Goodbye, fleece jacket. I'm sorry I let you go

You were my favorite work jacket: soft, warm, and able to take the abuse of my job. I counted on your presence to keep me warm on those cold days during firewood season. You comforted me, you kept me somewhat dry, you kept me warm.

I didn't want to let you go. But that drunk dude came in right before closing time, and his sob story was epic. I was afraid he wouldn't go away, and I'd be trapped there with him trying to talk me into saving him from his self-induced dilemma. It was cold, and he was on foot, heading the opposite direction of our home (not that I'd have let him in the truck with me if we WERE heading the same direction).

My 12 step recovery has taught me that random acts of kindness must be part of my life, because I can only keep my serenity by giving away the good that was so freely given to me. So I gave you to that poor drunk dude, because he was only wearing a thin shirt and it was COLD.

I knew as I unzipped you that I would never see you again. I'm sorry I let you go; I hope you are keeping someone else as warm as you once kept me.

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  • Barbara Diane replied 5 years ago

    So very kind of you.

  • efbgen replied 5 years ago

    You are a good soul. Your goodness will come back to you 100 fold. To you it was a nice fleece jacket...... but to him it was the world.
    Thanks for putting this crazy world in perspective- well done!

  • ChrisM replied 5 years ago

    Yes, it was the right thing to do.  Well played.

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    What efbgen says. Given without condition, these things have a way of bringing unexpected blessings. Too bad he didn't need a pair of blue embroidered loafers! ;-p

  • Jane replied 5 years ago

    That’s a very kind gift and I’m sure was and will be appreciated. What Carla says too about the blue shoes!

  • Ledonna N. replied 5 years ago

    I'm loving your purging stories. A bit of with a bit of humor and a beautiful was sad goodbye.

  • Aurore replied 5 years ago

    It was the right thing to do. I'm sure fleece jacket is now cherished.

  • Mainelady replied 5 years ago

    A sad goodbye, but a generous gift to someone in need.

  • Staysfit replied 5 years ago

    You did someone else right by your kindness, and you should not regret that kindness. Move on, find another. You showed that your love of a person was stronger than your love for an object! Bravo! :-)

  • replied 5 years ago

    First, you are a wise, wise woman.  There was a time in my life I would have been swallowed alive by this type of drama.  

    Second, you are a kind and generous woman.  Someone I would be proud to know in real life.  

  • Bijou replied 5 years ago

    Cindy, it was incredibly kind of you, he needed help. You should be proud.

  • JAileen replied 5 years ago

    It was very kind of you to give away your jacket.

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    One of the best reasons to let something go, ever. You're a good soul, Cindy. 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Your love letters to your beloved things deserve to be collected for posterity! 

    What a kind thing to do. I hope you find a replacement that works as well for you. 

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    What a lovely generous gesture to someone who was in need.  I hope you find another jacket - luckily fleece jackets are pretty easy to find.  

  • Cardiff girl replied 5 years ago

    Bless you,an act of true generosity to give away something that was of value to you.

  • Sisi replied 5 years ago

    Cindy, you make me think of Saint Martin! And what Cardiff said.

  • Dana replied 5 years ago

    Oh what a beautiful story! 

  • The Cat replied 5 years ago

    Touching story. You are very kind. And an excellent writer. I agree with Suz that your goodbye letters to your beloved items deserve to be collected.

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    A give away because a thing was right. Now that’s a thing of Grace.

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