35-Cent Jeans

I stood in the check-out line at Old Navy with my Sweetheart Skinny Jeans and two t-shirts. I had a $10 rewards card to apply to the purchase, plus all three items were on sale. I expected a great deal when the total was tabulated, but I had no idea…

The sales clerk scanned my jeans, hesitated for a moment, made a funny face, and then said, “Well, you’ll never buy another pair of jeans this cheap!”

I asked, “What do you mean?”

She stated flatly, “They’re 35 cents.”

“What?” I questioned. “How can that be?”

She smiled at me as she shrugged her shoulders and answered, “Sometimes that just happens.”

My next thought was, “I wonder if they have another pair?”

I got my $29.50 jeans for 35 cents! If you are having trouble believing me, I understand. I almost don’t believe me. But I saved the receipt for proof.

During those few minutes at the register, I experienced an array of emotions. First I was surprised. Second I was confused. Third I was amused. Fourth I was delighted. It was really great fun. I catch myself thinking how fun it would also be to intentionally, and with premeditation, cause another person to pass through that same array of emotions. Some call it “Random Acts of Kindness.” Others call it “Serendipity.” I think I’m going to call it “35-Cent Jeans.”

  • Maybe I could leave a bag of Pretzel M&Ms on a co-worker’s laptop.
  • Maybe I could post the picture on Facebook of seven teenage girls heading to the Bay City Rollers concert in 1976, wearing rolled-up jeans, striped knee socks, and suspenders. Oh, yeah, and then tag my now 50-year-old girlfriends.
  • Maybe I could make biscuits with chocolate gravy for my family on Saturday morning. (This one would be mega-serendipity to my family, as I hate to cook and, therefore, don’t do much of it.)
  • Maybe I could… well, the possibilities are limitless!

Let’s do it. Let’s fill our week with “35-Cent Jeans.” Let’s take a friend or a family member or even a stranger from surprise to confusion to amusement to delight. 


“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10 NIV).

Banana Pudding

*Author’s Note: Now you really aren’t going to believe this. I began writing this blog post on Saturday night. On Sunday morning at church, my friend Anne handed me a homemade banana pudding!

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