Anything for a Dollar

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Debora, mom’s superstar caregiver on weekends, took mom to Family Dollar on Saturday for a special late afternoon outing.

Mom likes to ride in the car and there’s never an argument when she gets a chance to get out of the house and go see the world. She is ready to rock and roll!

And, when I say see the world, I mean see the world. Just a few blocks from home she will ask what state or country she is in, and if you don’t tell her, she will tell you, so seeing the world is truly what it’s all about.

Family Dollar was in Canada and mom would have to navigate through Egypt, China and New Jersey to get there.

After giving the store a good going over, Debora focused on gathering her purchases. Then she and mom rolled their shopping cart filled with bargains to the checkout counter.

Just before cashing out, Debora remembered one more thing she needed (there is always one more thing), so she told mom to stand right there, with both hands on the cart and she would be back in no time.

Mom said, “Don’t you worry, I won’t move from here no matter what. Even if you don’t come back forever, I will be right here.”

When Debora came back, she tapped mom on the back and said, “We can go now, Helen.”

Mom didn’t see Debora come up behind her and growled, “That lady told me to stay right here. And, that’s what I am going to do! I am not going anywhere with anybody. And that’s that.”

It literally took another shopper to join forces with Debora to explain to mom that it was OK to go now.

Finally, mom gave in and headed for the door, arm in arm with Debora. After all, they had quite a journey ahead of them in order to retrace their trip through Canada, New Jersey, China and Egypt in order to get back to Richmond before dinner.

Anything for a dollar.

About Tom Laughon

Tom Laughon (Pronounced Lawn) is President of Catch Your Limit, an organization whose sole purpose is to guide and grow leaders. His journey from lead singer in a rock-n-roll band, to a successful career in marketing & advertising to consultant, strategist, keynote speaker, facilitator, professor and writer is a fascinating one. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Tom and his team guide organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to national associations, to "catch their limit" in areas such as leadership development, creativity, innovation, teaming and transformational change. His commitment to "practice what he preaches" has made Catch Your Limit a petri dish for round-the-clock discovery and learning. The firm's brand reflects Tom's personal brand: Fun, Inspirational, Strategic & Hot!

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