I was at Dahls the other day shopping and I brought in the only bag I had in my car to load up my groceries in. It just happened to be a bag I got at Mood in New York.
Mood is also the fabric store that the contestants on Project Runway buy their fabric from, and their iconic (eh?) bags get a lot of air time.
Well, I was looking at the crumpled plastic bag last night and I thought to myself, I should give this to that girl at Dahls! But the more I thought about it, the dumber it seemed.
Anyway, I fought those little voices in my head that were saying, "she is just going to throw this away as soon as she gets home." "She is going to think you think she's a charity case." And walked into Dahls.
I grabbed a few things I needed and I went to her lane. I went to explain it to her, and she was a little confused. I've come through her lane before. She's deaf, and I know she reads lips pretty well... But I think there's only so much you can expect to converse about in the grocery lane, and "this is for you" isn't usually in there.
After a little "is this what you're saying?" She finally realized what I was getting at, and remembered the interaction. She said she would put it in a safe place, thanked me, and we talked a little about our favorite contestants. I was nervous, so I couldn't think of any details... So the conversation was a little awkward. But I did it. And ya know what? She can throw it away if she wants. That's probably what I would end up doing in a few months after one of the handles falls off and I drop my eggs in the parking lot...
But she might really like it. She might use it to carry her gifts to a Christmas party. Someone else might recognize it and she might have another conversation with a PR fan. Either way, I did it. And there's a chance I made her happy. And that's good enough for me.