It Didn’t Restore My Faith in Humanity

In response to my post about the little girl who mistakenly took one of my books without paying for it and her honest mother, a friend named Jan included a story in a comment about an honor payment honey money jar that sometimes disappeared but was always returned. Her story touched and reminded me of other incidents at the book fair:

In two separate instances, when a child wanted one of my books their parent realized they could only pay by credit card. This weekend I only had the ability to accept cash, check, or PayPal and neither parent could remember their PayPal password. I couldn’t deprive their child of my book so said they could take it and pay me when they got home. I received both payments the same day.

It didn’t restore my faith in humanity. I’d never lost it.

With Love,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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18 Responses to It Didn’t Restore My Faith in Humanity

  1. SOOOOOOOO lovely. 🙂

  2. quiall says:

    But isn’t it nice to have it confirmed! Lovely post.

    • russtowne says:

      I’m always delighted for a person when they keep a promise. Life can be especially difficult for those whose actions are out of alignment with their words and thoughts.

  3. JanBeek says:

    Likewise, I have never lost my faith either. Thanks, Russ! Isn’t it fun to know other folks out there live with the glass half full too… and sometimes full and overflowing, right?

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  5. utesmile says:

    I knew you would have done that…. I think the same way. And great they paid. (Even if they hadn’t you know that you made a child very happy, and that is most satisfying)

    • russtowne says:

      The memory of the child’s joy when holding my book, especially when only moments before their parent had told them they needed to put it back, is far more valuable and longer lasting to me than any monetary payment for the book could ever be.

  6. Yes there are in my opinion more good people in the world than bad

  7. J Callaghan says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, “J”. You may have noticed I couldn’t completely keep away from this delightful blogging community. ;-D I missed having such wonderful people in my life.

  8. Love that last line. “Never lost it.”

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