“Paying it forward” first started in this cycle in December when I became the recipient of a Chick-fil-a meal from the drive-in window. An anonymous benefactor bestowed this honor on me and I was pleasantly surprised. It had been a long day in Conway, a day when you feel that the world may be against you.
Then it was my turn to pay it forward. And I could. This past summer I rescued a 1985 Myrtle Beach High School yearbook after becoming the high bidder. The book belonged to someone I knew and was a Sunday School class member of several friends in Myrtle Beach. Arrangements were then made to present this yearbook to the original owner of the yearbook, Wayne Gray, a Myrtle Beach councilman. I had paid it forward.
Then, when I had lost all hope in gaining access to my yearbooks from Green Sea High School, which were book-napped 12 years ago from my parents home, a sudden turn of events took place and a friend of mine who I had attended school with and whose sister and I shared the responsibility of editing our senior yearbook, became interested in my plight.
Alice Williams Gerald, a former Myrtle Beach nurse, became very sympathetic and presented me with my senior year yearbook. Alice relinquished her junior year yearbook, so that I could have this special edition. She knew her sister would want it this way and she was very willing to give it to me.
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Good things happen when people think of others. Now it’s my turn to “pay it forward” again.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.