Is it considered rude if your eavesdropping produces a positive outcome?
I was antiquing as I find it a pleasant hobby for my stress, to go and look at items from the past. To hold them, to wonder where they have been, sat or what type of home the items were in. It occupies my mind and allows me to wonder. However on this particular occasion my wondering was ceased by an elderly man.
He was on the phone with his wife, complaining about something, I really tried to not listen to his conversation. I know how most people would feel about it, especially myself, if I were speaking in hushed tones and some nosey girl started listening to my conversation!
I ventured on a few feet and made my way to the front to leave. I had found some nice pieces of agate stuffed back in behind some old armoire. Can’t pass that up when you love where I do and can’t find it naturally.
So as I am waiting for the proprietor to join me I hear a phone ring, it’s the elderly man again. This time he looks close to tears. I listen, his wife I am assuming is complaining about money. I hear him mention $15, $20 and then$25 dollars. I think to myself could he need the money? If he is about to cry and the holidays are here maybe I should just give him the money?
So he makes arraignments to borrow money off of Stan their neighbor with the woman on the phone and hangs up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man’s head hang so low. I felt awful for him. So I reach into my pocket pull out $25 and walk over to him. I left behind my agate…I told him I was sorry for eavesdropping on his phone conversation and handed him the money.
He tried to tell me what was going on, but I told him that he didn’t need to explain to me unless $25 wasn’t enough then I could give him more. He shook his head and smiled at me told me it was enough. I smiled at him said there is always someone with bigger plans than ours I hope somehow I fit into yours today. I wished him a Merry Christmas and said God Bless and walked out the door.
I haven’t been back to my favorite spot since then, that was the week before Christmas. Should I be nervous about bumping into him again? I don’t want him to think I was taking pity on him. I genuinely was filled with the Christmas spirit and felt compelled to give him the money.
I’m nervous i hope it all turned out ok.