Christmas Scoreboard - Humanity 1, Grinch 0

By JJ
@JolietJake (41140)
November 27, 2017 5:45pm CST
People on myLot are scheaky. I received this totally innocuous PM here last week asking for my address so someone could send me a Christmas card. So I gave them Scar's name and my address (Scar never gets mail, I thought he'd appreciate a card). Saturday, it showed up. And when I opened the card to read what was written inside, a check for several hundred dollars with the words 'new computer' written in the memo section fell on the desk. And my very first thought was "I can't accept this". Yes, I need a new computer, as I mentioned a few weeks ago. Yes, I am probably what you would consider 'poor' (my earnings for the year are far below the federal 'poverty' level). But this was just too much to accept from someone that I only know through myLot. And if they had asked "Can I send you money for a new computer?" I would have said 'No thank you'. So I was extremely conflicted. And I had asked a few people what should I do, and explained I was 'uncomfortable' about it since this isn't someone I know other than here. _________________________________________________________ After two days, I decided I would accept it for what it is. For years, I have dropped money into buckets for the Salvation Army, donated to fund drives by the fire department, tucked a few dollars here and there into collections for people that have lost their home in a fire, or suffered from cancer or muscular dystrophy or other things. Even though at times it might be the last dollar I was carrying. I've donated time and equipment to fundraisers for children and those in need. And I thought that maybe it was my turn...maybe God, or karma, or what have you, decided that I have always given...and although I knew about giving, maybe it was time to learn about receiving as well. So I ordered that new computer and sent the person a PM to thank them. And I don't want to mention their name here...and I don't want them to mention their name here. But I wanted to say that sometimes, even The Grinch can be touched. More than just in the head. Thank you, and Merry Christmas.
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@much2say (35403)
• United States
28 Nov
". . . And the Grinch's heart grew three sizes that day . . . "
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
...so he pricked it with a needle or people would wonder what was wrong with him
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@much2say (35403)
• United States
28 Nov
@JolietJake . . . he myLotted three hours, til his myLotter was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Though we live in a world of insanity, This restored his faith in humanity . Well maybe .
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@Marty1 (26657)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
28 Nov
@much2say I lobe your poem! Is it a limerick in form? I am not totally sure of the form of the limerick but am trying to learn how to write poetry.
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@FourWalls (9915)
• United States
28 Nov
You can still have a miserable Christmas, don't let this get you down. God bless you and whoever blessed you.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
But now they are gonna make me have to work at bein' a grumpy old fart
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• Jacksonville, Florida
28 Nov
There are good people around and you are LOVED! I'm glad someone could bless you in that way.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
I don't know why it is so hard for me to accept help when I offer it often...maybe it's because I know there are others that need it more than me and forget that even so, I need it too at times
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@GardenGerty (90967)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Nov
@JolietJake There is a reason why the Good Book says "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Receiving is hard. It makes you feel needy, even if you did not before. You have received a blessing and have also blessed them by accepting it.
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@andriaperry (33008)
• Anniston, Alabama
28 Nov
Aww, I got all teary eyed! Yes it is your turn, be happy.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
I'm thinking I may take this computer I already have and reformat it back to factory specs and send it to my oldest sister for Christmas, she's been without one for almost a year and I miss talking to her on facebook
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• Philippines
28 Nov
@JolietJake that's a great idea!
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@Marty1 (26657)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
28 Nov
@JolietJake perfect Christmas present to your sister it would be spreading the love even further! you can start a new spread the love movement!!! Glad you are getting a new computer as you are such a special person and treat Scar so well i am sure he loves you dearly! Anybody who treats animals as well as you make you a great person in my eyes.
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@Happy2BeMe (70157)
• Canada
28 Nov
Wow and it couldnt happen to a more deserving person. I am so happy for you. Enjoy your new computer.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
I'd been putting it off for a few years...something else always seemed to come up. When I get it, the first thing I'll do online is PM the person about it.
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@Happy2BeMe (70157)
• Canada
28 Nov
@JolietJake That is so cool. I actually teared up when I read your post. What a great thing for this person to do. Yes indeed there is a Santa Claus!
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@maezee (27764)
• United States
27 Nov
Seriously?! Wow! That is an amazing gift. Do you know who sent it?!
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@JolietJake (41140)
27 Nov
Yes, I know whom it came from.
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@maezee (27764)
• United States
27 Nov
@JolietJake wow. Wonderful. Ps on an unrelated note now that we know your address would it be appropriate to bombard you with Christmas cards? Hahaha
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@JolietJake (41140)
27 Nov
@maezee I edited my address out, didn't think about it at first
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@JudyEv (100578)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov
That's great. I'm glad you accepted the gift. Sometimes we do need to accept something and just say 'thank you'. They wouldn't have offered the gift if they couldn't/wouldn't/shouldn't etc.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
But see, I offer stuff even when it means I might have to do without something...just how I'm 'wired' I guess...so I worry about if they can really 'afford' it too
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@JudyEv (100578)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov
@JolietJake You need to try to accept that they can (afford it) and, even if they can't, maybe they're a bit like you and like to offer help. I think it would have been a great shame to knock back their kind offer.
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@Courtlynn (50564)
• United States
28 Nov
Wow, that's awesome.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
Every time Scar 'n I think 'hoomins suck' something comes along to remind me not all of them do
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@Courtlynn (50564)
• United States
28 Nov
@JolietJake there's definitely a good bunch that don't right here on mylot.
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@valmnz (13136)
• New Zealand
28 Nov
So fantastic that there's still a lot of goodness in this world. Enjoy your new computer.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
Humanity surprises me sometimes...just when I think I have it all figured out, something comes along from left field
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@valmnz (13136)
• New Zealand
28 Nov
@JolietJake just think how boring life would be if it was predictable
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@Madshadi (4633)
• Brussels, Belgium
28 Nov
It's a gift and I'm glad you accepted it. One would never imagine something like that to happen on a social site by people who never met each other in real life. That is just inspiring.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
It isn't the first time someone here has done something totally unexpected, but it is certainly the biggest thing I have had happen to me. And the other times I knew them on other sites as well.
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@LoriAMoore (9966)
• United States
28 Nov
Has the grinch's small heart grown three sizes this day?
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
Just for a minute, I'll regain my senses in a few days
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@NJChicaa (29871)
• United States
27 Nov
What a wonderful surprise! I am so happy for you!
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
I was totally freaked. You know how I get about that kind of stuff.
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@sishy7 (27245)
• Australia
28 Nov
Aww... I had to read this several times over making sure I didn't miss the pun or sarcasm or whatever... But yeah, there were none of those in this post for a change. It's just simply a beautiful post... And I agree with your first sentence. Whoever it is, he/she is one pretty sneaky myLotter to get you to a conflicted situation enough for you to accept the gift.
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@topffer (30548)
• France
28 Nov
A lot of delicacy from this member, and a lot of scruples from you; Merry Christmas to both of you.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
I had to think about it for a few days...and ignore the part of me screaming to go to a record shop
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@topffer (30548)
• France
28 Nov
@JolietJake You can sell the computer you have now for that.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
@topffer Pretty sure I'm gonna give it to my oldest sister...and tell her to keep her husband off of it...I like Troy, but he's the reason their last two computers no longer work
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@Srbageldog (5419)
• United States
28 Nov
What a wonderful gift! That must have been a huge surprise.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
Took me a few to pick my jaw up from the floor
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• United States
28 Nov
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@Deepizzaguy (7591)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
28 Nov
Christmas is the season where some good deeds will be in full swing.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
Usually the full swing is a bat upside my head
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• Lake Charles, Louisiana
29 Nov
@JolietJake I know what you mean.
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• United States
28 Nov
And your heart grew bigger three times? How wonderful for you.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
I got a vice out and squeezed it back to proper Grinch size...can't have people think there's anything wrong with me
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@sallypup (21795)
• Moses Lake, Washington
28 Nov
Just wow!!! And Merry Christmas and Happy Yule.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
It was quite a shock...totally unexpected
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@sharon6345 (110277)
• United States
28 Nov
That is so so nice and I am so glad you kept it. See that is what I love to hear. Nice for sure.
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@JolietJake (41140)
28 Nov
Sometimes a person has to make sure stupidity isn't mistaken for pride
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@LeaPea2417 (15263)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Nov
That is very kind of the myLot giver , how sweet
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