Pay it forward – Your Nuts!

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Pay it forward – Your Nuts!


As I was leaving my local Safeway Grocery Store this evening I was stopped by a two young ladies standing at a table in font of the store. As I looked up to respond to their call to me I saw they were wearing Girl Scout uniforms. Before they said anything else to me … I said “Oh no, it’s not Girl Scout cookie time already … is it?”

One young girl said – we start selling cookies at the end of January. We are selling nuts. As I glanced at the variety of small cans on the table I saw cashews, toffee butter nuts, chocolate covered peanuts, deluxe pecan clusters, peanut squares, pistachios and a variety of other items.

I chatted with them about the variety of nuts they had and explained that I would have to pass because I would go home and eat the entire can. To which one girl said: “You don’t have to buy them for yourself … they make great gifts. You can buy a can for your friends.”



I asked one girl: Which kind do you like best? She told me and I said … OK great. I’ll take one of those.

I asked the other girl: Which is your favorite? She told me and I said … OK great. I’ll take one of those as well.



At this point an older (mature motherly-looking-woman) … likely their Mom ...  stepped forward from behind a pillar and said: I like the butter toffee the best. I eat all the candy off and do not eat the nuts. I said … Great … then I will take one of those too. These will make great gifts. How much do I owe you

She added the total. I paid her and proceeded to walk away. I then heard a voice say … Wait a minute … your nuts. I turned and said with a playful smile … you think I'm nuts?

No-No … you forgot to take your nuts.

Oh, no I didn’t. You suggested I buy them for a friend.

Enjoy your nuts!




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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices

kathleen - what a wonderful story, and it is written so well. And like in a great suspense you do not know the answer until the last sentence


Nov 19, 2010 11:35 PM #4
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Well written!  Great pay it Forward with a huge lesson in generosity!

Nov 19, 2010 11:37 PM #5
Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

That was a very nice thing.  Those girls and the boy scouts really deserve the help.  The funds usually help pay their dues, camping trips, and uniform costs..  You did a great thing supporting the scouts.

Nov 19, 2010 11:37 PM #6
Peggy Hughes
PHA/Peggy Hughes Associates - Professional Moving Organizer - San Francisco, CA

Awwww.. how sweet.  Good for you Kathleen - what a great lesson to teach those young people!

Nov 19, 2010 11:48 PM #7
P.J. Virgilio Jr., Realtor 408-568-6578 Selling homes in the Greater San Jose area and South through San Martin, Gilroy
Keller Williams Realty Silicon Valley - Gilroy, CA
San Juan Bautista and Hollister as well!


That was cute and truly paying it forward.

Nov 19, 2010 11:50 PM #8
Richard Ruggaber
John Aaroe Group, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA
California Real Estate - (800) 591-5788

Kathleen:  I just loved your story.  It has made me smile ear to ear.  I want to meet you and say hi at the next San Jose RainCamp

Nov 19, 2010 11:52 PM #9
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
The Susan & Mindy Team...Your Concierge Agents

Awww..that was a great story!  Really made me smile - and good for you in paying it forward.

Nov 19, 2010 11:56 PM #10
Bill Pohl
Tetra Homes, Inc. - Loveland, OH

What a simple but great lesson. Way to pay it forward.

Nov 20, 2010 12:04 AM #11
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Thank you, thank you.

When I first started reading this I kept thinking.. . . .  "You don't have to take them".

That's what I do with Girl Scout cookies, nuts, and Boy Scout popcorn. 

Good for you.

Nov 20, 2010 06:57 AM #12
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Good for you, I don't really like girl scout cookies and so I usually just give them money.

Nov 20, 2010 09:04 AM #13
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Kathleen.....I love this kind of gesture!  I try to do the same with many fundraisers in our neighborhood.

Nov 20, 2010 11:05 AM #14
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist

Thank you all for your comments. This was a truly fun thing for me to do. There are so many ways we can help others, create a smile, or just make two girl scouts giggle at the experience. This holiday season will present many more opportunities to make a big difference in small ways.

Nov 20, 2010 12:17 PM #15
David Ames
Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
San Francisco

I was wondering where this story was going, and it ended brilliantly.  Bravo, Kathleen.

Nov 20, 2010 02:57 PM #16
Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor®
RE/MAX Vision Quest - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

Kathleen, I am going to use this for now on..I LOVE this nice gesture. Thanks for sharing. 

Nov 20, 2010 04:44 PM #17
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist

David, Thank you. I had a lot of fun with this weeks pay-it-forward. The girl scouts were not little girls. They appeared to be early teens. The stood taller than me and were both very well spoken. Point being … they got it! Thanks for stopping by.

Nov 21, 2010 12:33 AM #18
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist

Rebecca, You know … I will definitely do this again. I’ve done it before in a variety of different ways … kids selling candy bars … even magazine subscriptions. It’s such a small amount and makes such a big difference to the kids selling the goods. Thanks for commenting.

Nov 21, 2010 12:38 AM #19
Dave Miller
RE/MAX Integrity, Dumont, NJ 201-385-8100 - Dumont, NJ
RE/MAX Real Estate Dumont,NJ - Bergen County, New Jersey Homes for Sale

Kathleen, It doesn't take much... just the thought - good thinking!

Nov 21, 2010 09:29 AM #20
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Kathleen, first we have to commend the young enterprising girls for being out there and promoting their products.  Then, I have to commend you for something they will be talking about for years!!!  WTG.

Nov 23, 2010 12:47 AM #21
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist

Dave, Thanks for stopping by. Indeed – it does not take much to make a big difference.

Juli, Thank you. The girls get a good lesson in sales and human behavior. These girls were a little older than most I see selling. They may have been in high school. Rare to see in my area.

Nov 24, 2010 11:06 AM #22
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Kathleen, this is really a funny story and you have a heart of gold to support those future entrepreneurs!  We worked out at the Lafayette Girls Scout Camp on Friday making new trails and guess what we had for lunch besides pizza?

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!!!!   Apparently they are always in season when you help at the Girl Scout Camp!!!

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