"I didn't ask you for this."

I took my envelope this morning and when I got home, I opened it. I had $5.00 and decided I would add $20.00 to that. On my way to the grocery store, I noticed a man in a wheelchair wheeling down W. Colfax and noted that he had a foot amputated. As I came back, I noticed this man in the parking lot across from a small restaurant and decided I would go around the block and pull into the parking lot. The man in the wheelchair was speaking to another man who was walking away. I got out of my car and walked to the man in the wheelchair and told him I had envelope that was called Love Forward and I wanted to him to have what was in the envelope. He looked at me, and I started to walk away and he just kept looking at me and folded the envelope and put it in the pocket of his wheelchair. As I started my car, he wheeled over to me and said, "I didn't ask you for this." I told him I knew that and it was a gift of love given to him. I asked him if he wouldn't use it to get something to eat and sometime in his life, if he were able, maybe he could give someone a gift of love. He had a look of complete disbelief on his face and asked for my hand, which I gave him, and he kissed it. He told me he was a discharged Marine who had injuries, the amputation and a femur that had been injured. He told me I was a nice lady but I needed a little "spice" in my life -- at that point it was time to tell him my age. He said, "Well, if you were my Mother, I would kiss the 'hell' out of you!" I had to laugh so hard. He promised he would eat and as I pulled out of the parking lot, he was wheeling into the restaurant as I yelled, "I love you."

-- Ardyth Fournier