It was only four dollars and thirty-five cents. And yet tears sprang to my eyes.
It was a quick and unexpected action. She reached over my water glass and said... something. But, it was loud in the restaurant so I couldn't hear her. We'd both had hash browns for breakfast so I thought she was checking to see if our tickets had been switched on accident.
But she said, "I'm getting this today. You need a break." She was paying for my small breakfast.
I had enough in my purse to pay the ticket. But, truth be told: every penny helps. Because it has been four months since my husband last worked.
It was more than just the money. I had enough for today. My friend has been going through difficulties herself. Her son was ill and they're still determining all of the side effects. But she saw past her own troubles and saw into a small thing that she could do for me -- a thoughtful, caring gesture: to pay for the weekly breakfast cost at an early morning Bible study.
It was only $4.35. And tears came to my eyes because it meant so much.