For no reason, no reason at all, someone did a kindness.
They took a bit of time out of their hectic busy life and did a kindness for someone they don’t even know. I am the recipient of that kindness. Honestly, I am touched and more than a little amazed. It changed my day. I walked around feeling like a sparkly bit of magic had suddenly colored my crapulous day.
I get so caught up in the whirlwind of my family life that I ignore anything outside of it. The telephone calls, the knock at the door and anyone who I believe not a priority. It all gets thoughtlessly delegated to the circular file in the corner.
But not today. Today when the phone rang with the call from the person who rants on and on about their difficult life I picked up the line and listened as she got it all out.
Today I finally met a commitment that had seemed like it just wasn’t going to happen. Coordinating a visit with some kittens for a friend who is home bound with advanced breast cancer. The owner of said kittens was not returning my calls!!! Imagine! I went to her house (with a fresh loaf of home-made bread) and banged on her door, and when she didn’t answer I banged louder and waited. Eventually she opened up. Just me, hi. Can I bring Debbie to see your kittens?
She couldn’t have been nicer after that and was very sweet even leaving the door open when I returned with Debbie.
That was a wake up call.
Today I was driving home from work. The car in front of me took a turn way too fast and swerved in to oncoming traffic. He over-corrected back into his lane and jumped the curb over the sidewalk and straight thru a 6 foot fence hitting several trees planted along the fence! Loud crash! I jumped out of my car and yanked open the driver’s door. The driver was trying to unbuckle an elderly man in the passenger seat. They were both coughing and disoriented from the crash and the fumes from the airbag deployment. The front of the car was pushed towards the front seat and although the men weren’t crushed the elderly one was stuck with the dashboard near his chest.
The younger man got out of the car and I got in. I took the elderly man’s hand.
Hello my name is gmom and help is almost here. I’m going to stay with you until they get here. Are you okay sir? Are you in any pain? What’s your name?
“Joe” he said “I can’t get out.”
That’s right you can’t. But you will soon. You are doing fine Joe.
“No, I can’t get out” He waves a hand towards his wet pants. Got it.
Oh that’s perfectly normal sir, happens all the time. Don’t you worry.
The firemen pulled the car out of the tangle of the trees and fence freeing up the passenger side. An EMT was at the driver’s door with a neck brace.
I’m going now Joe, this nice EMT is going to take good care of you. Now you take care! I scooted out of the car.
I walked past several police cars and firetrucks and equipment on the ground. At first I couldn’t even see where I left my van. An EMT started to guide me to an ambulance.
I wasn’t in the accident. I was keeping the old man company until you got here.
“Oh, okay” They opened up a space and let me pull my van out.
When I got home I remembered the small kindness that a stranger had done for me earlier that very day.
Because of that small kindness,
I answered the phone for someone who needed to vent.
I showed up for a friend in need, who just needed a few minutes of normal.
And I sat in a smoking wreck with an elderly stranger and held his hand.
I wanted to be,
if only for today,
the perfect stranger.
This is gmom,