Fifty Cents

While I was home in Washington over the holidays, I had a really nice experience at Wal Mart. Because really, when you think of Wal Mart, don’t you envision a place that breeds kindness and love and charity and cheap toilet paper, all wrapped up in glorious shades of blue and yellow? Yeah, me too.

Check out last week’s RA column for more.


  1. I am sitting here watching Studio 5 and I think I know you. From Washington. I was in the Centralia Stake and I think we would hang out from time to time with a large group. Does that ring a bell?

  2. Really cute. Walmart sometimes ends up to be an interesting place doesn’t it.

  3. ok I haven’t read your article yet. But did you say Hooter Hider on TV? that’s awesome. I was only able to check out your last bit….do you love Amanda Dikson? I have always wanted to meet her, she just seems like a compassionate lovely lady!!

    p.s. you looked hot

  4. What a great story! You rock, Annie Valentine 🙂

  5. Melanie J says:

    Aw, I love that story. You’re such a good writer.

  6. I saw you on studio 5 today. you were awesome and I loved your outfit! Great shoes!!
    Anyway-I am so glad that I found you. You made my day. What a talent and gift you have. Plus, your husband sounds like he shares some of my husbands conversation capabilities.
    I love your words and how how you made me laugh out loud and totally relate at the same time!
    I will be back to see what other things you have to say. No, it’s not a threat-it’s a promise! 🙂
    Lucky you!
    You should tell your husband to take you out to dinner-you know, since you are a celebrity and all.

  7. wonderful story~

  8. Loved seeing you on TV—you looked amazing. Super classy, and I loved the shoes:)

  9. I just LOVE this story. It really is nice to see people helping each other. It kinda makes me wanna give the gentleman behind you a hug 🙂 What a great Christmas story, even if it is told in January… I think it would make a fantastic FHE lesson come November/December-ish.

  10. Just saw you on KSL. You looked fantastic. Your shoes are great. You were great. My only complaint was that you didn’t get enough camera time. Half the time you were talking they were showing footage of women typing or writing in their journals.

    But you seemed so natural and easy. Were you nervous at all?

    • annie valentine says:

      Elesa, you’re the best. I visited in the waiting room with Ann for half an hour and by the time we got in there, I wasn’t the least bit nervous. I just watched it myself though, and I think I look like a big mess of blond hair. So irritating. Next time, ponytail.

  11. Dang it! I missed your television debut. I’ll have to look it up on the website.

    I loved this article. Thank you for the reminder.

  12. Oh…your article wasn’t supposed to make me cry! Being someone down on my luck right now, your last sentiment of something along the lines of ‘people don’t just need money, they need to feel like the people around them care about them’ (sorry for butchering that, obviously I’m no writer, or good repeater…) really hit home! I was just thinking the same thing this morning and feeling really sad, thanks for hitting that on the head!

  13. Proof that you are the kind of person that I really want on my list of friends.

    (And I’m so sorry that I missed the show! Are they going to rebroadcast? Are you posting it on YouTube?)

  14. The link I have is about potty training and your man calling you. =[ I mean, it’s a great article but not about the Wal-Mart miracle.

    BTW, you looked gorgeous!

  15. Man, just when I think you’ve written my favorite column ever, you pull out one like that from your lint filled purse!
    (and as a new member of the cash only club, I totally understood it better)

  16. I get the potty training to but if you click on the archive section and go to the jan 2010 section you will be able to find the right article 🙂

  17. Pretty blog make-over!

  18. Awwww Annie, you are my hero!

  19. Ahhhhh! That was a very heart warming column!

    As they would say back here in “ghetto” Waldorf . . . . . I hope you have a blessed day!

  20. Loved it! Sometimes it’s the little things we do that matter the most.

  21. That warmed my heart. Thanks!

  22. girlsmama says:

    Awesome. I love it.