Love thy neighbor: How the badge moved on

Love thy neighbor: How the badge moved on

For my 250th post, there's good news: I've found a new owner for my "Love Thy Neighbor" badge. (To catch up on its story, read my first post about it here.)

I was visiting my favorite of the corner stores near my Edgewater apartment when the young man behind the counter noticed the badge on my winter coat. (I suppose it's just as well this was before the recent rains set in.)

"What's that say?" he said, grinning behind his short, curly beard.

(Well, the badge has Arabic and Hebrew lettering around its edge along with the more legible -- to us -- English words.)

I told him the story about how the former owner of the badge had reacted to my comment about it, and I suited my actions to my words as I told him that she had taken it off of her coat and said to me, "Love thy neighbor."

The badge was lying on the counter when I told the young man that I'd resolved to give the badge to the first person who talked to me about it.

"For me? Really?" he said.

I assured him that he could have the badge and gently suggested that he could pass it along, too.

"It's a great feeling," I told him, and I meant it.

He said he was looking forward to finding out how great it felt. I hope he keeps the badge going on a long journey.


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  • Great post. I hope he will tell you more of the story, who got the badge next...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thank you. I'll be sure to check in with him. If I get the story of the badge's travels, I'll put it here.

  • I have to say that I'm glad you were able to pass the badge along to someone who may later share with you his experience with it. Nevertheless, Loving thy Neighbor continues!

  • In reply to folkloric:

    Thank you. Indeed, Loving thy Neighbor continues... I feel another post on the word "neighbor" coming on. (With words as a topic, how can I dare run out of "material"?)

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