Well, friends, grab your popcorn, pour yourself a glass of wine, and snuggle up, because I have a story for you tonight.
Honestly, guys. How I get myself into these situations, I will never know. But I have a crazy embarrassing story that is…yes…from my date on Friday night. And for those of you keeping track, yes…this was date number two.
And after this story…probably the last.
ANYWHO – if you would rather hear me tell this doozey of a tale, you can also watch the video here…
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OK NOW. ONTO MY MORTIFYING TALE.
So this of course, happened on the way to my date on Friday.
But first, allow me to set the scene.
I have super dry skin. Like, severely dry skin. We’re talking alligator status here. I think it has something to do with my autoimmune disease…but especially in the winter, my hands rival that of a dock worker from the Great Depression.
So, last time I was home, my father, in the most loving way possible, he goes, “Hey Care…Um, you know, maybe you should put some lotion on your hands. I mean, now that you’re going out on dates…guys like girls with soft hands.”
bahahha Leave it to my dad to tell it to me straight, am I right?
But anyways…I took his advice. And over the last month or so, it’s been helping!
Anywho – fast forward now to Friday night. It’s raining, I’m in my Uber on the way to meet up with this guy at a nice restaurant.
And so I’m getting out of the Uber with my freshly lotioned hands, juggling an umbrella and my purse, and trying not to get my hair wet. Well, something with the mixture of the rain on the car door and my hand lotion, somehow – my hand slipped and I slammed the door closed, on my hand. I mean, my pain tolerance is through the roof, and this was excruciating pain. I for sure thought I broke my finger.
And I look down, and it is just gushing blood. We’re talking dripping from my hand. I was a sight, guys — a beautiful fur-lined coat, dress, high heels, and then this Bride of Chucky, fleeing-the-scene-of-a-murder extremity.
So I have no idea what to do. I am deep in the East Village. We’re talking Alphabet City. There’s not a CVS in sight. The streets are deserted because it’s pouring rain. I am SOL.
So I’m frantically walking down the street – probably for two blocks, trying to find something that’s a) open. B) Not scary looking. or C) Like I’m not going to get AIDS.
And mind you, I have nothing on me to like, apply pressure to this gaping wound. No tissue. No handkerchief. Not even a dang CVS receipt to stop the bleeding. So we’re just gushing.
Then rising from dark, like the freaking Star of Bethlehem, was the bright orange and pink sign, for Dunkin Donuts.
Mind you, I haven’t been inside a Dunkin Donuts since probably 2001, eating a vanilla glazed with rainbow sprinkles before our sixth grade chorus concert.
Anywho – I stumble in there, making a bee-line for the napkin dispenser, simply to stop the geyser, erupting from my index finger. And I’m looking around this tiny, East Village storefront : no bathroom.
So I approach the counter and standing there, watching this episode of SVU transpiring before their eyes — there are these two incredibly kind, motherly women working behind the counter. Angels on earth, let me tell you. And of course, they had seen my distress. And they were moved with compassion to help me.
Without even a second thought, they sprung into first-responder mode. They got out their gloves and went to work on me. We’re talking sterilized, cleaned up, bandaged, given extra bandages. These two women were my saving grace and truly, I don’t know what I would have done without them.
So SHOUT OUT, DUNKIN DONUTS, and those two kind women for taking care of me!!!
Just to tie the loose ends up, I did finally make it to the date…albeit 20 minutes late. But yeah, what an impression, huh?
Anywho – the next day, I’m settling in, and preparing to record my Oh What a Beautiful Morning video, and the bible verse that popped up for the day was Luke 3: 10-11.
The crowds asked John the Baptist,
“What should we do?”
He said to them in reply,
“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise.”
I feel like God was winking to me, sharing this verse with me, about what else: generosity.
Because it’s true! Ben’s company is out there providing resources and opportunities with our brothers and sisters in Honduras, who need it most. It’s living out the instructions from this verse in Luke, and what a beautiful thing that is.
But then it hit me – generosity can look a lot of different ways, as demonstrated by those two angels in the donut shop. It can be providing someone an opportunity who is in need of a helping hand, or providing someone a bandaid who is bleeding profusely in the East Village on a rainy date night in December.
But that’s my challenge to you. Heading into this Christmas week, we are going to have to so many opportunities to be generous. Sure, with the bell ringers on the side walk, but also, say…with a niece or nephew who wants to capture your attention for five minutes. We can be generous and delight them with our full attention – away from our phones. Or we can help clean up the kitchen, or spend an extra few minutes having a conversation with the elderly at church, who are alone for Christmas. There are so many opportunities this time of year. Let’s look for them.
So thank you for your generosity in indulging me in sharing my embarrassing story with you.
God wanted to show me the beauty in everyday generosity — albeit at the expense of my finger!
Have a beautiful night, and I’ll see ya on Wednesday!
Have you ever had an embarrassing situation like that on a date? Please – feel free to share and make me feel like less of a monster! 🙂
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