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Kindness of Strangers

20140707_150747Tuesday, November 18

Tell us about one time that you benefitted from the kindness of strangers.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to experience little kindnesses of strangers on more than one occasion – and I always try to pay it forward whether it is giving the missing change, holding open a door, paying a compliment…

I have a most fabulous story to tell but it is already past midnight and I’ve a big day tomorrow.  I’ll need my readers to remind me to tell them of the story of the Three Daves….

For now, allow me to tell you a nice short and sweet one that happened to my mother.  This was years and years ago when we three girls were surely under 10 years of age. It was pouring rain; car full of us kids (and probably an extra one!) and I think we were driving home from my grand-mother’s place up north (a two hour drive).  Not the ideal time to get a flat tire, needless to say.

Before Mom could consider what to do – this was WAY before the age of cellphones and we were probably stuck in the middle of nowhere with no lamp posts to light our way (and, if this is not the case, then pretend it is for the sake of adding drama to my story!) – a gentleman with his wife stopped their car and the man took care of my mother’s tire.  Would not even let my mom out of the car as he told her she would get too wet!  Got the necessary tools out of the trunk, jacked the car up and did the old switcheroo.

I tell you, two shakes of a lamb’s tail and it was done.  Guy got soaked to the skin and would accept nothing from my mother besides a “Thank You”.  And barely that at that.

Would you imagine?  He said he was in a rush to get to wherever he was going!!!  Yet he stopped to help out a woman with a carful of kids.

There are definitely beautiful people in the world, don’t you think?

 

 

16 thoughts on “Kindness of Strangers

    • Yes they can.
      I promise I will… It will require a cup of tea (or coffee or whatever one prefers to drink), a comfy chair and a bit of time… maybe enough for a refill! I can tell you, it is a good story indeed! 😉

  1. That was the age of chivalry, indeed. There are definitely some beautiful people in the world, although I think there is a slight reticence to do good deeds these days, in case you are sued for getting something wrong!
    For a daily pick-me-up of hearing about good deeds, have you come across The Kindness Blog (http://kindnessblog.com/)?

    • It was indeed and I do believe it is still out there though you are right, one is afraid to help just in case…
      I remember seeing that blog title somewhere and will check it out. Thanks, Sarah!

  2. I remember years and years ago my husband and I were at a stoplight and he said that a woman on the sidewalk looked lost. She was old and seemed frantic. He parked and asked her where she lived. She could not remember the address, but got in our car and we drove around and around until she recognized her apartment building. He walked her to the main door and fortunately it had a doorman who recognized her and took it from there. I’ve never forgotten his kindness. And he’s still a very nice guy. Lucky me. Patsye

    • What a wonderful thing to do! I’m sure she never forgot it either. Well. Maybe she did. But it would not have been because she wanted to!
      Lucky you indeed. He sounds like quite the keeper, your husband!

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