[In celebration of 20 years of service we are collecting 20 stories of people and events that helped to shape REMERGE. #20for20. This story was contributed by our ColorATL director and Community Museum curator, William Massey. We invite you to contribute a gift in celebration to honor this milestone.]

Jeff offered me a coupon for a free fast food sandwich. I scoffed inwardly – I don’t eat junk food. “No thanks, I’m not hungry” I said to Jeff. “But you can use it later”, he insisted. “I’ve got plenty of food, you need it more than me, I’m not really a fan of that restaurant anyways,” pulling out all my reasoning. “But it’s free!” he replied, holding the coupon right in front of my face. I ended up taking the coupon that day, not without an XL side of stubbornness. It wasn’t until later that day I sat still and realized how much that free coupon meant to Jeff, and his eagerness to gift it to me. I was blind to realize a man with very little was trying to give a big gift, and all I could do was think about my personal taste preferences. I’ve since learned the beauty of receiving, especially by those who I think I should be helping.

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