8/22/10

What goes around comes around- and sometimes it picks up a little make-up along the way.



I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s BlogHer10 convention. In exchange for a few hours of registering and greeting fellow attendees, my conference ticket was free.


I was thrilled with the offer.


I worked the desk with some awesome bloggers who were amazing, friendly and awesome. The time passed quickly as we shared stories, embarrassing facts about ourselves, and fantastic food we managed to steal from the free breakfast located one floor above us.


We discovered quickly that the cool swag bags we were passing out were filled with some awesome stuff, and for this teacher the bag of Play-Doh was a great surprise! Many of the ladies that I worked with, however, did not have children and had to think carefully about what they were shipping back to their home bases.





Over the course of the second morning, much to my surprise and delight, the girls I worked with and several others I met while working the desk brought me their bags of Play-Doh. I MIGHT have let slip the fact that I teach kindergarten and was THRILLED at the prospect of an extra stash. Before I knew it, I had five bags of Play-Doh stashed behind the desk!



When my shift was over, I carried my stash as best I could to the elevator to wait an eternity for a ride to the 28th floor. (The Hilton hired some kind of tortuous elevator designer, who decided it would be fun to only have one or two elevators that went to certain floors, where you then had to catch OTHERS to get where you MIGHT want to go. See. I'm exhausted just writing about it.)


The doors opened, and my Play-Doh and I managed to squeeze in. As the car started it's climb, I noticed some little heads around my knee area. (Keep in mind, I hadn't seen ANY CHILDREN on any elevators since I arrived.) I asked the child next to me if she wanted some Play-Doh. She smiled, looked at her mom, and then nodded. I was happy to hand her one of my stashes.


I looked behind me and noticed ANOTHER child. And beside him? Yeah. Another one. I happily gave them each a bag, and had two more left. The door opened one floor below mine, and guess who boarded? A woman. And her daughter.


I walked into my room with one bag of Play Doh, a happy heart - and a direct order from my daughters to turn right around and head straight to the Expo Hall to find some make-up.


When I entered the hall I made a bee-line to where I was told the make-up was located. I knew there wouldn't be any openings for make-overs, as those fill up the first hour that they start scheduling, and it was the second day of the conference.


I walked up to the lovely girl who had a chart in one hand, and her phone in the other. I was hoping that perhaps I could snag one of the bags of make-up that came with the makeover. She was standing beside the make-up artists and was obviously in charge the very popular booth.


I stared at her. Sure, she was gorgeous, but there was something else that held my attention.


Her hearing aides.


I couldn't help but stare, and with a smile I thought of my sister. She looked up from her chart and said to me, "Hi! We JUST got a cancellation. Would you like to be next?"


I almost fainted! Would I? WOULD I? I practically threw myself in the open chair.


And that was when I realized that those five Play-Doh's that were bringing smiles to kids somewhere in the Hilton? They had just paid for my free, fantastic make-over, and something even better.


The ensuing visit with an enchanting and inspiring young woman was the real gift that I received that day. And I'm convinced that it was no coincidence.



47 comments:

only a movie said...

This is my favorite kind of story. As you know, there's no such thing as coincidence. xo

Leila said...

what a great story - how was the makeover? even if you didn't like it, it's always fun to get pampered.

Vodka Mom said...

I LOVED the make-over! It was amazing.

Cheryl said...

I don't believe in coincidences either. What goes around doesn't always come around this quickly. Sometimes we don't even realize when it does.

Cheryl D. said...

Actually, I'm a big believer that the good feeling you had from sharing with the kids you met was a reward in itself! It must have felt awesome handing out those awesome things to the kiddos? The makeover was just the icing on the already fabulous cake!

CarrieAnn said...

Oh my gosh....EVERY post you write makes me cry!

Everyday Goddess said...

What a wonderful story!

I'm still wiping my eyes from your post yesterday, so beautiful.

And that song, oy vey, brilliant connection, it's one of my mom's favorites too.

kisses and hugs!

J.J. said...

I love it when things like that happen!

Bodaciousboomer said...

I also really liked the Play-doh. How great to give it away to grown-ups. Did you get a chance to go to the expo? They were giving away Spanxetts and cupcakes! Of course if I didn't eat the cupcakes I wouldn't need the Spanxetts.
Such is life...

Fragrant Liar said...

Well, like Anonymous said, good stuff really happens to you all the time. You probably get tired of hearing Anonymous say that all the time -- about as tired as I get of translating . . . but it just has to be said.

MahoneyMusings said...

Love this. I am at a place in life where the only thing that keeps me going is the hope that karma really really works. What a wonderful statement your story is to this.

Of course, I'm hoping that karma works the other way too.

Robin Dodd Photography said...

as always, awesome. Thanks for sharing this!

thecoconutdiaries said...

Clearly the Play-Doh had some special karma becasue I gave away some of those Jimmy Dean sausage clocks and all I got was stopped at the airport because of the "vibrating" sound in my suitcase.

Jill said...

Oh how I love karma...

Pseudo said...

Blessings abound. I love that kind of stuff and so happy it happened to you.

BTW switching to 8th grade is kicking my butt...

Barrie said...

a picture of you post makeover would be very nice! (and how very kind you were to give away your play-doh.)

Hilary said...

I don’t believe in coincidences either, but so believe in karma. How happy must you have made those kids! Such a nice story!

WeaselMomma said...

I love stories like this! The more we give, the more we receive.

Just Margaret said...

Love it--How quickly your good karma came back to you! Can't think of a more deserving woman...

Gaston Studio said...

You left smiling faces with those kids in the elevator and found an even larger for yourself when you got the makeover... wonderful karma going around you.

The Only Girl said...

I LOVE stories like this! Isn't the universe awesome?! One good deed DOES deserve another!

Cora said...

Awwww, I'm imagining you handing out Play-Doh on the elevator to those delighted kids right now and it just makes me wanna hug you!

((((HUG))))

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

Love!
You put that beautiful positivity out into the Universe expecting nothing in return.
But?
You can't help but get it back :)

Rene

justmakingourway said...

Play-Doh is awesome. So is good karma. I think you have it in spades, VM!

Missy said...

I love this story!

Counselormama said...

What a great story, I hope to some day make it to a blogger conference.

Amy, Scandy, Whatever you want to call me said...

Suh-weeeet swag! It's like the Oscars...of Romper Room!

Di@PowderRoomGraffiti said...

I gave away my Play-Doh to a toddler, as my littlies are no longer little any more (although I bet they would still try to eat it if they could). But hang on - where's my makeover??
It was really great to meet you at BlogHer - and I really hope I get the chance again (maybe next year in San Diego?)

Anonymous said...

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因為台商家庭很多,大陸包二奶更成為常態性,
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Anonymous said...

人家都說男人到大陸都會外遇包二奶
老婆淚眼說擔心他外遇
他了解老婆的擔心,只好用錢去彌補分離的缺憾
漸漸的,老婆的電話愈來愈少…
她說,她是怕自己太依賴
漸漸的,他知道其實是她有了外遇
於是,面對自己外遇的行為,他忽然覺得好過了些…

Anonymous said...

從來沒想過需要外遇蒐證
如果不是誤打誤撞的情形之下,我不會知道他的出軌....
鄰居因為治安問題,於是在大門口裝了攝影機,卻成了我外遇蒐證的工具。
那天我在家發現用過的保險套,我逼問他,
因為沒有事先外遇蒐證所以他打死不承認!
我想到鄰居安裝的監視器或許可以間接的外遇蒐證,調出影帶,
果真發現前兩天中午他帶女人回家!
這下他才無話可說;
沒想到沒有抓到小偷,鄰居的監視器反而成為我外遇蒐證的工具!

Anonymous said...

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讓專家為您進行外遇調查讓您清楚明白對方是否出軌,
確實外遇調查報告讓對方無法狡辯!

Anonymous said...

你打死不承認你的外遇,甚至出手打我,抓姦也要在床是嗎?
真的要抓姦在床你才肯承認自己的背叛?我想要抓姦
不僅僅是為了讓你啞口無言,抓姦也是為了要讓自己出一口氣!
我想要抓姦,我想要讓你知道,外遇不是沒有代價的!

Anonymous said...

從一開始她就知道,她只是一段婚外情
然而戰勝不了寂寞,所以即使是眾人不看好的婚外情
她還是寧願有個伴,即使自己變成婚外情中的角色。
剛開始她也是溫柔體貼的善盡婚外情的角色,
然而時間過去,她愈來愈不甘心這段感情只是婚外情
她開始想要更多,開始要求更多...

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

通姦是否應該除罪化?一直是眾人所關注的話題。
目前僅有少數國家認為通姦是犯罪的行為,
即使在台灣通姦是犯罪的行為,然而若伴侶不提告,
那麼旁人亦無法對其通姦行為有所制裁。
通姦真的除罪化,那麼合法婚姻的權益與意義何在?

Anonymous said...

他有了外遇!淑惠想要感情挽回
但是看看鏡子的自己,十幾年的婚姻生活讓她變成一個黃臉婆;
這樣的自己,感情挽回會有勝算嗎?
想當初老公也是擊退眾多追求者才娶到淑惠的,淑惠明白自己是美麗的,
她相信只要好好打扮自己,想要感情挽回絕對會成功!
擬訂好感情挽回的計畫,淑惠先上了美容院換了個時髦的新髮型,
跟姊妹滔上百貨公司買衣服化妝品,把自己打扮的漂漂亮亮!
最後不僅順利的感情挽回,夫妻間的感情甚至比以前更好!

Anonymous said...

老公的外遇讓我傷心欲絕,甚至還逼我離婚!
不得已之下,我想到尋求徵信的協助。
徵信專員體貼的聽完我的故事之後,
詢問我所希望的解決方式;
不到一個禮拜,徵信專員就回報我相關訊息,
然後等到時機成熟,徵信專員還陪同我報警抓姦!
老公料不到我真的會抓姦,驚訝不已,
此時,我竟有種報復的快感...
還好我有尋求徵信的協助,不然傻傻的被外遇所傷還不懂反擊!

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Anonymous said...

這麼久了,他過得好嗎?
這個問題在我心中多年縈繞不去,於是我找上徵信社協助我尋人。
我和他是大學同學,之後由於某些原因失去聯繫,
我把所知的資料全都給徵信社,希望徵信社能為我帶來好消息...
兩個禮拜之後,徵信社就幫我找到人了,很遺憾的是,他已經結婚了...
我不後悔找徵信社尋人,雖然難捨落寞,但是我還是很高興的知道他過的很幸福!

Anonymous said...

結婚、離婚、結婚又離婚...
陳經理喜孜孜的帶著他的新婚妻子參加公司聚餐
陳經理一直是身邊親友茶餘飯後的話題
這是他的第四任妻子
背叛似乎是總慣性
也似乎之於陳經理而言,離婚也能成為一種慣性
他總是因為外遇而離婚
一次又一次
當女人渴望名分,他就要求另外一個女人成全
他流連花叢,女人不因他的離婚紀錄而卻步
似乎卻總是認為自己能夠成為那個「特別的人」
結婚、離婚對他而言不具意義,只是一種手段
反正他總是能找到另一個傻女人

Liss said...

I have no idea what the guys up above me on are on about... BUT.... I would love to go to Blog Her and meet YOU and the other cool blog-goddesses! And the loot! Look at the loot! Woot!

As Cape Cod Turns said...

Oooh, I love this story!!!

Anonymous said...

曾經你也愛她的一切,如今卻因為有了婚外情,一切都變成了缺點。
婚外情甜蜜嗎?
因為少了柴米油鹽的破壞,所以婚外情份外浪漫!
婚外情有趣嗎?
因為時間極其寶貴不夠深刻了解對方,所以婚外情份外新鮮!

Anonymous said...

兒子交了個女友,我和老伴都不是很喜歡;
豐富社會歷練的我們一眼就看出這女生不如表現的單純,
但是兒子卻總是認為我們想太多。
朋友提議不如做婚前徵信調查看看,
希望兒子不要被騙,於是我們決定私下做婚前徵信
婚前徵信的結果才發現原來女方不僅交友複雜、晚上更做傳播兼差!
兒子看了婚前徵信的報告之後,才知道原來女友的乖巧全都是假象;
兒子說幸好有我們有做婚前徵信,不然等結婚之後才發現,一定又是一段不幸福的婚姻!

MaryBeth said...

I've just found you recently and so am going through some of the older posts.
I am a k-para and am loving your blog. Also mom to 4 boy/men - so really love a dose of girls.
Anywho - this post has me smiling and crying and just wanted to put this comment out there - although you'll never see it now - a year later.
I would love to move to 'oregon' and be your para, except I work with the most wonderful woman in the world - oh, and the boy/men and dear husband live here!
your fan
mb