As we fiddled with the buckle across the toes on a pair of sandals, I said to the saleswoman “Well, once we get it right, I hope I never have to change them again.”
“If you do, you could just come back,” she responded.
“Well, I’m actually moving to North Carolina,” I said.
“Oh really? Where?” she asked.
“Brasstown, to a place called the John Campbell Folk School,” I said.
Her eyes grew big. “My daughter has dreamed about going there! And she wants to take her grandfather, too.”
“Oh – she must get there. She’ll love it, I’m sure. And he will, too.” I said this without knowing anything about her daughter…because anyone who has “dreamed” of going to JCCFS will surely love it.
The woman went on to explain that her daughter went to college in western North Carolina and wanted to get to JCCFS before she left, but for whatever reason was unable to get there. The more we talked, the more I was convinced that it was destiny that I spotted this consignment shop in a small town in New Jersey on my drive from Galloway to Lancaster, PA.
In just a few minutes, we were agreeing that God (or the universe or whatever you want to call it) sends us what we need when we need it. For her daughter, it was the perfect job – one that gives her two months off and an apartment. This is a young woman who did mission work in Cambodia and went to DC to represent her local high school’s Save Darfur campaign. So that two month break will be well-used I’m sure.
“Just a little – that’s all they need,” the woman said. A little what? A little belief that whatever they want to do can be done – even if they have no idea how. Because once you put it out there, the universe has a habit of sending you what you need, we agreed.
I gave the woman my blog address to pass on to her daughter. “I can’t wait to tell her!” she said as she rang up my purchases. She gave me her card. “Let me put my name on it,” she said as she crossed out the name of the current owner and wrote her own. She explained that she was in the process of buying the store. She had worked there for a year, and was given first offer when the owner decided to sell. She talked it over with her husband, and in just a few days time they decided to do it.
“Have you ever been a business owner before?” I asked.
“Never!” she said.
“Oh, how exciting!” I responded.
And this is what I love about traveling. I didn’t see any sites today. Didn’t drive any multi-lane highways. I stopped in a little town at a consignment shop and had a conversation. That one conversation reassured me that I’m on the right path – and maybe I assured someone else that she, too, is on the right pathJ