After experiencing some technical difficulties this evening, I proved triumphant and am happy and relieved to be able to share another example of the true spirit of giving this season. I experienced such a simple moment of kindness this afternoon, courtesy of a stranger in the parking lot of a local charitable organization. This encounter proved once again that kindness can be found in the most unlikely of places, thanks to the most unlikely of people.
As I exited my car to head across the parking lot to a meeting, I noticed an older gentlemen nearby who was struggling to balance about half a dozen packages of dinner rolls. I didn’t recognize him, but I recognized the plastic shopping bags, somewhat mismatched, rumpled clothing, and well-worn shoes that often are telltale signs of homelessness. As I walked toward him, our eyes met, and we exchanged smiles, as I asked if he needed help with his packages of rolls. His immediate response was, “Here, why don’t you take a few of these for yourself”, as several of the packages slipped from his hands and landed on the pavement. As I scooped up the packages, I thanked him for his generous offer, but said that he needed to keep the rolls for himself. What he said next melted my heart.
As I helped to steady the packages in his arms, this kind stranger grinned broadly and said, “Are you sure you don’t want any? I will share mine with you, just like the good people here shared them with me.” I, again, thanked him for the offer, but I gently declined. When I told him how much I appreciated him being kind to me, this dear soul replied, “Well, you seem like a nice lady, and sharing is what it’s all about.” Yes, it is.
Just one thing each day . . .