Last week, I discovered that some truths that I hold to be self-evident are evidently not that crystal clear to other people.
On Wednesdays, when I get off work, I drive to Amarillo, pick up CJ and drive back to Hereford so that he can go to Faith Formation and I can teach it. We are not in the same grade. Then, after class, I drive him home and then drive myself home.
The Wednesday before his birthday and his mom's birthday, we stopped at WallyWorld on the way home so that he could buy a gift for his mom and I could get cards and wrapping paper and whatnot. We shopped, we checked out, I paid, and we left the store.
As we were walking to the pickup, I mentioned that the amount that I was charged seemed off to me - that it didn't seem like enough. It was, by this time, after 9:00 and I was still a couple of hours from home. I told Bubba that I would check the receipt later and off we went.
A couple of days later, when I ran across the receipt in my purse, I did remember to check it. I had assumed that the clerk had overlooked a card or only rung up one thing of wrapping paper or something like that. I was wrong. He did not ring up the two movies that we had purchased as gifts. No problem. An easy problem to rectify and I did so.
By the way, it is much easier to return something to WallyWorld than it is to pay for something that you no longer have with you.
I was amazed, when telling this story to friends and acquaintances and my fifth grade class the next Wednesday, how many people did not come to the same, to me, obvious solution. The only person who made the leap immediately, without thought, was my child. I was amazed by how many people saw this as a boon, a gift from the gods, so to speak, instead of an honest mistake that, however honest, still left me in possession of two movies that had not been paid for. I have never knowingly given anyone stolen property as a gift and I still have not.
No great lessons in this post. I am just kind of disheartened at how many people that I thought I knew, I didn't.