Sunday, December 13, 2009
Gifts of remembrance are to quote MasterCard’s ubiquitous tagline, “Priceless.”
When you remember a person’s name or personal preferences, it can make his or her day, thereby becoming a gift completely price less.
The young clerk at the bakery near my work gives me a gift of remembrance each time I stop in. By the time my hand is on the shop door, she is reaching for a chocolate-iced cake donut. “Maybe I will try a muffin one day,” I say, as she rings up the purchase—86 cents. I hand her a dollar bill and toss the 14 cents in change into the plastic tip cup. Yes, I know chocolate-iced cake donuts are not on my South Beach Diet, but how can I resist when I am thus rewarded?
And I am again rewarded when at work I recall a donor’s name as she or he brings in a bag of gifts this busy season. Tom brought in bag of basketballs last Christmas for the kids in our programs, and this year I happened to be at the front desk when he returned with this year’s donation: 10 basketballs. “You must have gotten quite a deal again,” I said as Tom smiled broadly.
My boss says we all wear a big invisible sign around our necks that says, “I want to be recognized.”
I am beginning to understand just what she means.