Saturday, Mark and I went to the Canton Trade Days with my mom, a.k.a. Dusty Rose. We all love a great bargain, and junkin’ is a fun adventure any way you slice it.

The only drawback about Canton this weekend was the HEAT. Ugh!!! It was 100 degrees with what felt like a zillion percent humidity. Can you say H-O-T??? Canton was hotter than Georgia asphalt, baby!

The heat must’ve gone to mom’s head because when she went home (over two hours from Canton), she stopped by Wal Mart for some groceries and to cash a check. She then promptly left her purse in the basket in the parking lot!


She was about 20 minutes down the road headed toward home when my stepdad called.

“Where are you?” he asked.

“I’m about 20 minutes from home. Why?” she answered.

“Well, do you know where your purse is?” he asked very calmly.

She looked around as adrenalin poured into her veins.

“Why? Where is it?” she asked.

He started laughing and said, “Someone turned it in at Wal Mart.”

She called me to say, “Well, I have proof positive that the Lord looks after fools.”

After we mused about how amazing the story was… she had just cashed a $100 check and both her company checkbook and her personal checkbook were in that purse. I started thinking about my mom.

She is a simple person who sees the best in people and expects good from the world. She is the one who taught me not to ‘dwell’ on things you can’t change and to just keep looking ahead, always doing your best.

It doesn’t surprise me that her purse found an honest person who returned it to her with everything intact. That’s who she is and what she would do if the shoe was on the other foot.

In fact, her booth at the Trade Days where she sells her art and other collectibles was broken into a couple of months ago, and nearly everything has been recovered and returned to her. In addition, she had a stellar sales month the month following the robbery, despite the fact that she barely had anything left to sell. People literally showed up from hundreds of miles away to go to this Trade Days market that is out in the middle of nowhere! They gobbled up pretty much everything that remained.

That’s the power of positivity and believing the world is good.

I just hung up with her this evening, and we talked about the people who stole her products. Mom said that people have asked her, “Aren’t you angry they stole your stuff?” And, mom said she told them getting angry isn’t going to bring it back, why bother?

That’s my mom…always looking forward, forgiving what’s in the past and looking for the best in the future.

If you are ever in Bowie, Texas…drop on by and visit her – The Rural Route – inside of the second building on the right (if you are facing North)!

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