Off Susan went. She battled traffic and also got a bit lost as she was taking a new route from my house. She finally got to the thrift store and quickly headed for the kitchen section. This mission was all about timing. As she approached the area she noticed a lady passing her who appeared to have lots of Pyrex in her cart. Sure enough that sugar bowl was gone but on the upside there were three cereal bowls to be had. Suddenly, the lady with the Pyrex reappeared in the kitchen section. She was putting a bowl in the "Crazy Daisy" pattern back on the shelf. Susan told the lady that she would take that bowl if this lady didn't want it because she was looking for pieces for her sister. That's me. LOL The lady then tells Susan that she too is looking for pieces in this pattern for her sister, but decided that her sister probably didn't need more bowls. Apparently, their mother had this pattern in the past and the sister was hoping to collect a set of her own. Susan then told this lady how she had seen the sugar bowl to the set the day before and wished she had bought it but sure enough it was gone. The lady then reaches down into her cart and says, "This sugar bowl?" She had picked it up for her sister. Susan laughed. The lady then gives Susan the sugar bowl and says, "Here, you take it for your sister." Susan was so touched by the kindness of this stranger but told her that there was no way that she could take the sugar bowl. This kind lady said that her sister knew nothing about this sugar bowl and would know no difference. She said that since I knew that Susan was going back to look for it, I should have it. Susan thanked her profusely for her kindness and then pointed out that there were coffee mugs available in the pattern. The lady was surprised that she had missed seeing them and was happy to pick them up for her sister's collection. This made me really happy since her sister missed out on the sugar bowl.
When Susan got home, she called me to tell me this amazing story. That sugar bowl would have been in her hands if it hadn't been for traffic and taking a new route. She was so close to getting it and yet it was just not in the cards. We talked about how this stranger was so kind to give up that piece. I wish I could thank this lady in person. I guess I can only pay it forward at some future time.
Behold the sugar bowl.