I went into a national office supply store tonight to purchase a long-awaited presentation easel. I bought a cheap one last year and have hated it almost since I got it. It was way too flimsy, with my dry erase board falling more times than I can count, and almost too wobbly to be able to write on the board.
So, I’d decided, after checking Freecycle, Craigslist and the thrift stores, that I was just going to have to bite the bullet and pay the $70+ for a good one. So, we went into the store tonight and I took the easel to the cashier.
It rang up for $35.99.
Brian and I looked at the total, then, at each other, then back at the cashier as I asked, “Is this the right price?”
She read from the screen, “$35.99.”
Me: “Okay, but this says something about it being an oak one. This one is aluminum and it’s supposed to be $69.99.”
Cashier (looking at me as if I’ve suddenly grown two heads): “Let me check the computer.”
The computer shows that it’s supposed to be $69.99. She takes the easel and walks across the store to the manager. While she’s gone, I explain to Brian that the last time my integrity was tested like this, I did not take the high road…and the guilt that I experienced was oppressive. I prayed God’s forgiveness and told him that I would never again sell my integrity or my witness for a little bit of money.
Brian’s on board.
The cashier comes back and says that they’re going to sell it to me for the price that it rang up. I tell her that’s okay by me; I just wanted it to be their decision, not mine.
As we left, I asked Brian if he’d have been mad at me if she’d come back and charged me $69.99. Nope. That’s why I like him.
Isn’t this awesome??
I told the kids that we might just have to start school tomorrow. I won’t tell you what they said. It wasn’t nice. Where are those kids who love learning for learning’s sake?
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.