A Blessing is More than a Kind Word in a Santa Fe Walgreens

Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Realty LLC NM Broker License 16161

A Blessing is more than a kind word in Santa Fe

... and today in a Walgreens store, a blessing became a gift.


Here is the rest of the story. Turn on your imagination and join me in this experience. Imagine being in the check out line of your local Walgreens. The line is small. There is one customer, a woman, in front of me and another behind me, a gentleman. No one is speaking. The woman is rummaging through her purse to find something. A crisp $20 dollar bill quietly falls on the floor. I quickly said, "Ma'am, you just dropped a twenty dollar bill." She looked surprised, bent over and picked it up. She turned to me, looked me in the eye and she said, "Bless you".  Nodding, I said "thank you". And then from behimd me, the gentleman said, "I will give you a dime for your blessing".  As if to make an annoucement, she looked around and she said "blessings are special and free."  In a moment, she was gone. 

Then, the clerk who had been scanning my stuff got my attention when he said, "Ma'am, you have $20 Walgreens' rewards credit. Do you want to redeem it on this purchase?  Before I could answer, the gentleman behind me said, "See she gave you a blessing!  She is like our Santa Fe Mother Teresa! Believe me!"  I nodded and asked the clerk for the $20 credit.  I said good-bye and headed for my car in the crowded parking lot. As I was about to back up, the gentleman appeared at my window and again said "She is like our Mother Teresa. Santa Fe is the City of Holy Faith. Please believe me... now I am getting out of the way."  Then he was gone!  

I looked in my mirror and began to slowly back out into the parking lot. Then all of a sudden I saw another car about to hit me!  I jammed on my brakes and hit the horn. The other car driver fortunately woke up and stopped missing my car by inches. Then, he appeared again saying "I saw it. They nearly hit you. She blessed you and her blessings are still helping you!"  "Thank you," I said, taking a deep breathe and quickly snapping a picture of Walgreens through the windshield. Slowly backing out, I headed for home knowing I would be telling you this story.  Thank you for reading.

PS. Santa Fe was founded by the Spanish in 1610 and the name means "Holy Faith" in Spanish. This was long before cars and Walgreens appeared in Santa Fe. In my opinion, they must have known something about the future of the city I love everyday. 


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Comments (21)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Emily- ok, I got goosebumps just reading this!!!  Blessings aren't to be laughed at. 

Jan 27, 2018 04:37 PM
Emily Medvec

Kathy, I agree. Blessings are gifts and vice versa. It all depends on how open we are to experience and/or see them. This one moved me to write. Thanks for the read Kathy Streib 

Jan 27, 2018 04:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign


Jan 27, 2018 05:26 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Kathy Streib it appears the blessing continues. Thank you for passing it forward.

Jan 27, 2018 05:53 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Emily Medvec Santa Fe NM And having you back in the Rain is a blessing for us all!!!!

Jan 27, 2018 07:27 PM
Emily Medvec
Oh my how kind you are dear friend. Being here is a gift. Ironically, it was a few minutes in Walgreens sprinkled with a blessing that turned into a story to open the door for me back to the rain. Than you @Margaret Rome!
Jan 27, 2018 08:17 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Emily Medvec Santa Fe NM so good to see you doing well and sharing such great happenings in NM...it is a great story to share too.

Jan 28, 2018 04:54 AM
Emily Medvec

Hey Ginny Gorman  thanks for stopping here. I know you know Santa Fe from your visit years ago with Joan Cox . Stranger things aka gifts have happened here. 

Jan 28, 2018 06:51 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Emily. Your story is engaging and nice but I think the man would have creeped me out.

Jan 28, 2018 05:18 AM
Emily Medvec

Hi @SheliaAnderson perhaps and I understand your take on the gentleman... however he was in a suit which was beyond rare for Santa Fe!

Jan 28, 2018 06:49 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Emily Medvec Santa Fe NM ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! I got goosebumps just reading your story ...life is full of blessings..being open to accept them is all part of it! Thank you for telling your story!

Jan 28, 2018 05:24 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Dorie Dillard thanks for reading my post. Kathy Streib managed to continue the story with a blessing... And yes, accepting blessings as gifts makes life so much richer. BTW I trust you a well and beginning a great new 2018!

Jan 28, 2018 06:54 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is good to see you on Active Rain again.  I LOVE, LOVE. LOVE, this story.  It really illustrates to power of doing the right thing.  It comes back to you in bushelfulls.  A

Jan 28, 2018 08:33 AM
Emily Medvec

Awesome to see you both here. Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you for your comments in caps no less. We both know our business is about people and relationships. Without giving back in a way that does the right thing aka perhaps a blessing, the moment in the experience ends. Whereas giving and passing forward never ends. So good to see you. I trust you both are safe and helping rebuild your community after the fires. 

Jan 28, 2018 10:12 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great story. I actually skipped to the bottom when I saw the woman dropped $20 because I just read yesterday a joke going around facebook that starts out that way. Once I realized it wasn't that joke, I went back and read the whole thing.

I don't understand the "give you a dime for the blessing" thing at all.

I have to agree with Sheila Anderson about the guy creeping her out. Me too!

Happy you got the credit and happy your car wasn't hit!

Jan 28, 2018 09:44 AM
Emily Medvec

Hi Sharon Tara and thanks for introducing yourself and services to me with your comment. I could have reacted differently to both people in the line at Walgreens. I could have made a judgement and perhaps reacted thinking it was some kind of set up. Instead, I followed my gut instincts and let what happened happen. I have heard people offer money for blessings here so the gentleman's words were not foreign to me. And what continues to follow are more blessings...aka a new contact here in the rain for example. 

Jan 28, 2018 10:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Emily

I love this story and how you reacted, instead of how many might have. And it just kept unfolding!


Jan 28, 2018 10:25 AM
Emily Medvec

Hi Jeff Dowler could to see you again. Life is more about the choices we make in the moment. Santa Fe is truly a "city different" with three cultures - Anglo, Spanish and Native American. When you mix in our tourists, one must be open minded to what is happening around them. And yes, AR is the place for blessings to unfold...again and again. 

Jan 28, 2018 10:32 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Emily it is a blessing indeed to have you back in the rain! Being open to the energy around us and being mindful creates so many blessings every day. You were are still are truly blessed! What a lovely story!

Jan 28, 2018 11:13 AM
Emily Medvec

Oh Anna, thank you for your kind words. Some of us have to go in and out the rain at times. What is the gift is being welcomed back "home" to my online office and community! And yes, if we see "blessings" as gifts, most of us are surrounded by them everyday if we stay open to our experiences. And someday, I will meet you in person Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB!

Jan 28, 2018 11:30 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Emily, life is full of blessings and so glad I read this posts today.  I hope you are continually blessed.

Jan 28, 2018 12:15 PM
Emily Medvec

Your kind words and wishes are accepted. Thank you Rebecca Gaujot!

Jan 28, 2018 02:28 PM
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

Truly an interesting day for you!   May your blessing stay with you!   btw I found you post due to Kathy Streib AHA! feature

Jan 28, 2018 01:07 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing your blessings.

Jan 28, 2018 01:10 PM
Emily Medvec

And Marte Cliff thank YOU for reading and commenting as it appears this post is more than a story.

Jan 28, 2018 02:35 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm so glad Kathy shared your post and that you shared your story.  May your blessings be continued.

Jan 28, 2018 01:47 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, Emily! These little gifts from Heaven are not to be taken lightly, but to be passed on so that others can believe that they happen. How incredible that these two little angels fell into your midst! I'm a big believer in these moments of grace. And it's terrific that you shared this with us...no holds barred!! 

Jan 28, 2018 08:00 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thank you for sharing such a powerful story.

You indeed were blessed. May the blessing continue.

Maybe, it would be good if we shared a blessing today.

Jan 30, 2018 07:27 AM
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

You did have quite a blessed day. It sounds like you had an amazing day. Thank you for sharing. 

Jan 30, 2018 01:45 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Emily, Wonderful events in Santa Fe.  Great for you to see how your kind gesture lead to other events.  Nice to know all is well in "Holy Faith".

Jan 31, 2018 11:01 AM
Emily Medvec

Hi Gloria Todor our "Holy Faith" real estate market is beyond active for people looking to retire or relocate to a low tax state with a blue skies almost all the time.

Jan 31, 2018 03:50 PM