The Little Red Wagon

The Little Red Wagon

From A 5th Portion of Chicken Soup for the Soul

The Little Red Wagon

My friend Gayle has been “living” with cancer for four years and it is progressively getting worse. During a conversation with another friend, Gayle expressed that one of her childhood wishes was to have a red Radio Flyer wagon. As a child she never received one because she believed that if you told your birthday wish it wouldn’t come true. I was at an ice cream stand one day and in the window was a miniature red Radio Flyer wagon that could be won in a weekly drawing. Every time you made a purchase you could fill out a ticket for a chance to win. After several weeks and many ice cream cones, I didn’t win. I got up the courage to ask the person in charge if I could buy one. I went to the window and as I began to tell my story, I could feel my throat tighten and my eyes overflowed with tears. Somehow I managed to explain my reason for wanting to purchase the wagon, and after writing a check, I left carrying it. The wagon was delivered the next day, and for Gayle it was a dream come true. The following day I received a letter that read:

Dear Bonnie,

Every once in a while there is an opportunity to pass on a kindness—no questions asked. I lost my parents to cancer six months apart from each other. I cared for both of them but could not have done it without the love and generosity of friends—friends who care.

The best to you,

It was from the owner of the ice cream stand. Enclosed was my uncashed check.

Bonita L. Anticola

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