Tell Me Something Good – A Penny

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fridays during the summer time always fill me with an extra amount of excitement. i think it’s the longer days which equate to more opportunities for fun and adventure. i hope you have fun things on tap for today and this weekend!

do you remember grocery shopping with your parents when you were growing up? near my dad’s house was the common grocery store king soopers. there are two best parts about this grocery store. the first is that the bakery gives away free cookies to kids and i totally had one the other day because i’m growing a kid. it’s within my rights. the second best part – the 1¢ horsey ride! when my dad was checking out, he would hand me and my sister each a penny and we thought riding this horse for 60 seconds was the most fun everrrrr!

king soopers isn’t in oregon so i haven’t shopped there in 7 years but now there is one close to us. each time it makes me smile and feel all warm inside to see that they are keeping the tradition alive with their own horse in that store. i am also impressed that the price of a ride is still at 1¢ – apparently inflation does not effect plastic horses.

horsey ride

i smiled even wider when i noticed someone left a penny for a future rider! isn’t that sweet?

as i was headed out the door, i heard an announcement over the intercom that fire station #38 had brought in a bunch of pies for the staff members! i found this especially kind, since it’s often the fire fighters who are (hopefully) being brought the treats and instead they delivered the kindness to the employees there. it filled me with good vibes for the community we now live in.

it’s also a stark contrast to where we used to go grocery shopping in portland. since we lived downtown, we affectionately dubbed our grocery store ‘psycho safeway.’ the reason? there were always two police officers, crazy people stealing things (i couldn’t buy any make-up or nail polish there because it wasn’t available) and a code on the bathroom door. i’m liking this new grocery store’s vibe better.

please share with me goodness that you have experienced recently!


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  1. Debra

    June 24, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Recently the grocery store near my house put up a little fruit stand in the produce area with a sign that reads “free fruit for kids”. It is stocked with apples and bananas. My little grandsons think it is a treat to munch on fruit as we go through the store.

    • chelsea

      June 26, 2016 at 8:16 am

      oh i love that! i saw a few fred meyer’s in oregon doing that before we left – such a great idea (and admittedly much healthier than a cookie). thanks for sharing debra 🙂
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  2. Jennifer Haston

    June 24, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Chelsea! What a great post! I DEFINITELY remember those horse rides for a penny being the BEST THING EVER! I also remember candy that was 1 cent at the grocery store.. I don’t think it exists any more.. but your post reminded me of it.. which brought a smile to my face. So here is my “tell you something good” moment. I was on my way to work this morning and thought..I can be to work on time or stop for a sweet treat.. and I am trying REALLY hard to model “being on time” for my team so I was at work on time.. tomorrow I may have a sweet treat, but today I did not. I am enjoying the balance of that. A sweet friend not on social media said yesterday, “If you figure out that whole balance thing, let me know”.. hehe..

    • chelsea

      June 26, 2016 at 8:21 am

      ohhh candy was only 1 cent at your grocery store too?! lucky lady! good job on making the decision to get to work on time (even though i’m sure your sugary craving was overwhelming). well done and i’m a big fan of living by example so that’s exactly what you’re doing!

  3. Sara

    June 24, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I love little things like that penny. Random acts of kindness can have such a profound impact on people. Sometimes a little kindness is all that is needed to break through a bad mood or restore hope.
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    • chelsea

      June 26, 2016 at 8:23 am

      you are so right sara, little things can absolutely help to restore hope or break through a crappy mood. it totally lit up my day to see someone leave behind something so little that would bring so much joy to someone!

  4. Nina @ Hugs and Lattes

    June 24, 2016 at 9:33 am

    This is so small-town and heartwarming!! I loved those pony rides when I was a kid!
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    • chelsea

      June 26, 2016 at 8:24 am

      yeeees! it totally felt small town (even though i don’t really live in that small of a place) but it made me feel like ‘whoa, look at this sweet little community i get to be a part of!’

  5. Paula Howley

    June 24, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I LOVE that penny horsey! My kid does nice stuff for me ALL the time. I am super lucky. For example, I was sitting on the couch reading last night and she just went and got a blanket and put it on me ‘because it was getting chilly out’. I sent a friend in Oregon some tea and made a quick little collage for her because her heart was broken. It all comes and goes around.
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    • chelsea

      June 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

      oh your comment just made me even more excited to have a kid (especially a daughter). i hope we raise her to be a sweet and thoughtful as meg, paula! that’s also sweet that you sent your friend in oregon thoughtful gifts to help her through her heartbreak. so much goodness – thank you for sharing!

  6. Audrey

    June 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Whoa. Your old grocery story sounds nuts!

    I love your stories today! When people spare small change for such wonderfully happy experiences it really makes me happy. That cent is worth almost nothing to someone but EVERYTHING to a kid. Too cool!
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    • chelsea

      June 26, 2016 at 8:27 am

      haha yes it was quite the adjustment at first with that old grocery store, audrey! now it’s also been an adjustment to look around and have access to so many little products that people aren’t stealing! you are so right that that penny was worth almost nothing to someone and everything to a kid – well said! 🙂

  7. Rachel G

    June 27, 2016 at 1:56 am

    I grew up going to Meijer and they always had those 1 cent ponies. It was a very special day when Mom let us all take pony rides after getting groceries!
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