Being an ardent lover of words… I remembered this little story while cleaning out my garden fountain yesterday and finding a dime and a nickel lying at the bottom.
Most times words carry emotional value to us but not monetary at the same time. In this short true narrative both happens.
A Ten-Cent Idea
When young F. W. Woolworth was a store clerk he tried to convince his boss to have a ten-cent sale.
The boss agreed and the idea was a resounding success. This inspired Woolworth to open his own store and price items at a nickel and a dime. He needed capital for such a venture, so he asked his boss to supply the capital for part interest in the store.
His boss turned him down flat. “The idea is too risky,” he told Woolworth. ” There are not enough items to sell for five and ten cents.”
Woolworth went ahead without the boss’s backing, and he not only was successful in his first store, but eventually he owned a chain of F. W. Woolworth stores across the nation.
Later … his former boss was heard to remark, ” As far as I can figure out, every word I used to turn Woolworth down cost me about a million dollars!”
So until tomorrow…” Be careful of the words you say-Keep them short and sweet-You never know, from day to day- Which ones you’ll have to eat!”
Yesterday truly was ” A Winnie the Pooh favorite day” -my first day lily bloomed, Jeff fixed my automated sprinkler ( Hallelujah!) and Mandy surprised me with a visit and lunch at our favorite tea room!
It was so good seeing yall yesterday . Mandy is such a sweet and pretty young lady…like her mother. Loved the story today…see you soon.
What a stroke of lucky…bumping into you and Fred. So much fun to catch up a little…and talk “Due West” history…one of my favorite places.
Love this story. Yes indeed words make all the difference.
Have loved learning new words since I was little and always looking at way words change lives…for better or worse…words must always be used for good. to change the world.
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