Secret Agent L here. Well, it's been quite a while since I did a mission. I apologize! Life got kinda busy, but today I swore up and down that I'd do a couple of missions.
And I did!
I actually did three missions, but was only able to take photos of two of them. So, here they are!
For those of you not familiar with the Pittsburgh area, we have a grocery store chain here called Giant Eagle. There's a really nice one in my neighborhood (Shadyside). Giant Eagle also has a gas station called Get Go, where you can get money taken off each gallon of gas when you use your Advantage Card at the store. It's a great place. My parents have gotten whole tanks of gas for free sometimes!
Today I thought I'd complete my missions in complete Giant Eagle fashion: at the gas station and at the store.
MISSION #1: Quote card
Location: Get Go gas station, corner of Baum Blvd. and Morewood Ave., Shadyside neighborhood, Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Monday, 24 May 2010
Time: 5:11 p.m.
I'm a big fan of quotes. I came across these lovely free downloads over at Kind Over Matter, and I thought to myself, These would be perfect to leave all over town!
I printed out several of my favorites, put a Secret Agent L sticker on the back of each one, and I was ready to go.
Luckily, this wasn't too difficult of a mission. Despite the fact that every pump at the station was in use, my car and I were positioned such that nobody could really see what I was doing.
I filled up the ol' tank ($0.20 off a gallon!), put the gift in place, snapped some pictures, and was on my way.
Next up on my list of missions was a mission I was really excited to do. Don't get me wrong: every mission I do excites me. But this one felt extra special.
MISSION #2: Beautiful necklace from Antique Renewal
Location: Women's restroom, third stall, Giant Eagle, Shadyside neighborhood, Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Monday, 24 May 2010
Time: 5:23 p.m.
A few days ago, I got a beautiful necklace in the mail from the woman who runs Antique Renewal on Etsy. She explained to me that she'd been going through a really rough time lately, and that she'd wanted to send more jewelry for me to use in my missions, but that she couldn't right now. Instead, she mailed a beautiful necklace to me. I assumed it was for me personally, since she mentioned in her note that she wasn't sure if it was my style or if I even wore things like it. I was so touched that I decided I couldn't possibly keep it. I had to pass on the kindness. For her to offer something to me during a difficult time in her life touched my heart. And I knew that I had to continue spreading that kindness.
So, I printed out my explanation card, complete with a "P.S." at the bottom explaining just how special this particular gift was, and got to work.
My friend explained that the particular stone used in this necklace is thought to bring healing.
I think it also brings kindness. :)
I had to go to the grocery store anyway to pick up some necesseties (ice cream and hot fudge, of course, for tonight's season finale of Chuck).
Because the store is so large and such a priceless gift could get lost or overlooked on one of the shelves, I opted for one of my favorite hiding places:
I walked in, chose the only empty stall there was, and got down to business. Well, not that kind of business!
I hope that the woman who finds this beautiful necklace will always remember how extraordinary the simple act of kindness really is.
My third mission, which I didn't get to photograph, was another quote card, which I left in the shopping basket on the floor near the checkout counter. I think an employee found it moments later when I saw him walking towards the lane with other shopping baskets, as if he was making his rounds and collecting them. I hope it made him smile!