Wednesday, June 18, 2008

the quickest-movin' breast pump in the land

I've been trying to declutter a little, so Saturday afternoon, I packed up the Medela Pump-in-Style (which I don't need anymore) and put a "free breast pump" ad on Craig's List. (Steve wondered why I didn't try to sell it, since we did pay $250 for it, but I said I just wanted to give it away. So many people have been giving things to us, so why not just pay it forward?)

I posted the ad just before dinner. Right after we were finished eating, the phone rang for the first time. It was a mother of two in Columbia Heights (which is on the other side of the Twin Cities, for those who don't know) asking if anyone had taken the pump yet. Nope, I told her. It's yours. She sent her husband over to pick it up that very night. They were so grateful — it was as if that pump had dropped from heaven right into their laps. Meanwhile, two other people called about it, and I had to break the bad news before pulling the ad off Craig's List. Now that's some fast action.

18 comments:

Marketing Mama said...

Wow - that was really generous of you! I can see why she was so happy and why your phone was ringing off the hook! :)

Rebecca said...

No kidding.

kristine said...

That was very generous of you. I can also see why the lady was so happy. It's a great find - for free!

Madwoman of Preserve Path said...

Well, of course! That pump DID just drop from heaven! You're a kind, good woman.

Anonymous said...

The Karmic circle is a good thing.

--Laura S.

Soupy said...

That is so awesome that you did that!!!!!

Christina said...

How cool to pay it forward like that! Sounds like that CH couple is just thrilled.
It is amazing how quick the Craigs action can be.

Piccinigirl said...

you are an amazing person. In the midst of all this stuff you are still giving. I feel so proud to "know" you :)

amy said...

I love craigslist and totally know what you mean about paying it forward--I'm all about the good karma! :)

Anonymous said...

I am a firm believer in paying it forward. Wonderful things happen to those who are wonderfully generous. Generous as You.

hmmm... sounds like a fortune cookie, fortune. :-)

Jennifer V,

Chris (1219bride) said...

You rock Emilie! How kind of you.

Anonymous said...

Get it? "Quickest moving." Of course you get it Em, as it's probably why you even posted the pun.

Congrats on finding a good, worthy mom to adopt it. That is often much better than receiving any money!

- Susanne

Barbara said...

Way to go Emilie! You really are a sweetheart.

Hang in there with the chemo--we're all rooting for you! I'm SO glad to hear the tumors haven't grown since you started it. :)

P.S. I totally agree with Laura about the karma thing.

Cibele said...

That is very generous of you, I hope that person pay it forward your kindness

Katy said...

Gotta love Craigs List and Gotta love you........ that's a great thing that you did with paying it forward. I'm sure she will continue your generous trend with something of hers.....

Anonymous said...

How kind and generous. It makes me want to pay it forward somehow as well (even though I'm not the recipient of the pump). :)

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Emilie,
This is really regarding your last several entries. I just want to say, and perhaps it's already been said (I'm sure it has) that you look gorgeous in your scarves. With no hair to hide behind, your gorgeous face is all there, and right now, shining.
Speaking of shining, enjoy the sun!

Beth said...

That was so generous of you, your actions speak so well to your spirit. I hope you are feeling better soon.