Although I don’t usually submit to the CALL OF THE CLAW, I found Nicholas’s and Sofia’s laughter enchanting. It was for this reason that I handed over the quarters they required to play the game. With each near capture of the stuffed animal of interest, the children’s whoops and hollers bounced off the ceiling of the pizza parlor. (We were the only customers in the place.) They met their losses with enthusiasm as well, as they never thought for a minute they would not win the prize—as long as their moms’ quarters held out!
With the third round of quarters, I warned Nicholas, “This is it! There will be no more!” He barely caught the end of my sentence before he was running back to the machine. And then, wonder of wonders. He won!! Oh lucky day! Nicholas was now the proud owner of a half stuffed, lopsided, peeled fabric, snowman. “I feel like I am in a dream!” he told me. I have never seen a brighter smile on his face.
Sofia’s cheers of success and total excitement matched Nicholas’s. She was genuinely happy for her friend. Then, Nicholas said, “I’m going to win one for Sofia, next!” He was a pro, you see.
A few more quarters went into the machine. A few more near wins came and went. But, the time had come to end the game. Sofia would not receive her snowman. Sofia was a trooper. The two sat down to finish their lunch and together they played with Nicholas’s snowman.
Ten minutes later, a man in an apron emerged from the kitchen and stepped up to the game. The claw would glide again! Nicholas and Sofia were thrilled. They crowded in on him, offering their expert tips and advice.
Apparently it worked, because before we knew it, the snowman was traveling into the pick-up tray. The man (we later found out his name was Matt), promptly handed the snowman to Sofia, who thankfully claimed her prize.
Matt, we thank you so very much for your kindness! You made two children (and two mothers) very happy today!
Matt would not be the last person to show kindness today. An hour later, we watched as an anonymous man climbed a tree to retrieve Snowman #1 from its branches located just above where Nicholas and Sofia were attempting to see who could throw their snowman the highest!
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PEOPLE ARE KIND!