The Five Dollar Lesson

I think the little things we do in life paint the bigger picture of our ethics.  Our values.  Our morality.

Today Husband called me when he got to work.  He walks to work and usually calls or sends me a text to let me know he got there okay.  Today he told me he found  $5 on his walk.   Without thinking I said “woot woot!”   Imagining he just found it in the streets.

He said he found it in the snow.  He said it appears to have fallen in the snow as someone got in to their car this morning.  The fresh snow showed foot prints and a car’s tire tracks pulling away from in front of a house.   He was going to go back after work.  He was afraid the loss of that $5 might mean more to someone else than the finding of it for him.

But at lunch he called me.  He walks at lunch time as well.  He passed the same house and decided to not wait until after work.

He knocked at the house and a woman answered.   He told her what he found and where.  She told him that “Paula” had lost her lunch money on her way to work.

She seemed very happy and pleased that he returned it.

But not as  happy and pleased as I am that I have this man in my life who values something more than money.

35 thoughts on “The Five Dollar Lesson

  1. What hubby did is pretty amazing, I think. I would not have thought to knock on the door. Sorry, this is being honest… I guess if the tracks were so very clear it may… not sure… have crossed my mind. I feel losing money, finding money is just chance/fortune/flow.

    Yet that hubby troubled in his lunch break and had such a perfect result – you have me reconsider, next time…


    • I have to admit I didn’t think much of it when he told me he found $5, I pictured it as money just lying around unattached. But he felt it was attached. I won’t even pick up coins I see lying around on parking lots and things. It’s not mine so I don’t pick it up. He went an extra step. He is pretty darn admirable. 🙂


  2. This is so wonderful ….. glad he found at a place where he could locate the owner. Mr Brown made a big difference to somebody today. A man with great values. I take my hat off.


  3. With the news filled with so much corruption, fighting, and simply bad news, it is a blessing to read of someone who values integrity. he is an example to all of us.


  4. Yep, I agree. Your husband is one of a kind. Most people wouldn’t have even considered returning the money. I’m quite confident that you would’ve done the same if you were in his situation too, Colleen. You are two peas in a pod!


  5. If it were legal and moral and all the rest, I’d marry your hubby so I could collect all the good souls in the world! I’ve got one like yours; I think we should exhibit them! Lucky you Colleen.


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