Saturday, December 4, 2010

Salvation Army Guilt

Okay, I'm just going to go ahead and say it. Who else besides me has major guilt issues when you pass the Salvation Army bell ringers?

Fess up, folks. I know you do. Even if you aren't a huge people pleaser like I am, I know you still feel guilty when you pass by the person bundled up in a huge coat with frost bite on their face ringing that bell.

But this is how insane I am. I absolutely feel the need to go up and tell that person that I gave to another bell ringer at the grocery store yesterday. I seriously do. I cannot pass one without explaining myself. How messed up is that?

I will literally walk up to a stranger in a red apron and fall over myself saying, "Ummm.... I don't have any change on me now. But I, um, gave some yesterday at the grocery store.... and I gave 2 whole dollars last week at Target. I swear I did. And I promise I don't have any change. See! Just a debit card. Do you want to look inside my wallet?"

It is so bad that we went to Wal-Mart the other night and walked past the bell ringer without giving any change. Just inside the doors Bennett spotted a mechanical horse. Rob put her on it and started to reach in his pockets for change. I grabbed his arm and whispered, "Don't! The Salvation Army Man will see you!"

It's a problem. Am I alone in this? I have a sad sad feeling that I am.

3 comments:

Nate, Abbey, Noah and Blaire said...

I feel your pain.

starnes family said...

I love that you wave your freak flag so high.

I actually like seeing these people because even if I give just a little.......spare change.......it shows the kids a tiny bit of charity.

I have no doubt in my mind that you give your share through church and in life in general. No need to feel guilty. God knows you're good. Me, too!

ps - your smile is enough.....no need for the $$!

The Scott family said...

You are not alone!!!