The little girl stood next to her father in the store, poring over Barbie dolls, a roll of money clutched in her hand. Each time she saw a doll she liked, she turned to her father and asked if she had enough to buy the doll. He usually said “Yes.” As she kept looking, she noticed a little boy wandering nearby with his father. The two were looking at Pokémon toys. The boy also had money in his hand, but it looked to be just a few dollars. In contrast to the little girl, he was told “No” every time he picked up a toy to show his father.
Meanwhile, the little girl had chosen the Barbie she wanted. But before she went to the register to buy it, she noticed the little boy and his father. By this time the boy had a book of stickers in his hand and looked close to tears.
The little girl returned her Barbie to the shelf, choosing a Pokémon game instead, and raced to checkout. She paid for it, then whispered something to the cashier who took the toy and put it under the counter. When the boy got to the cashier, she congratulated him on being the store’s 100th customer for the day! She took the game from underneath the counter and handed it to him. The little boy said excitedly that it was exactly what he’d wanted!
As the girl and her father left the store, he asked her about what she’d just done.
“Didn’t Nanney and Poppy want me to buy something that would make me happy?” she asked.
“Yes,” said her father. “Well, I just did!”
Don’t you love it when everyone wins?
By Stephen Hall