The Kindness of Friends – And Strangers!

When I put out a call to my family and friends to help me find some pumpkin spice mini creamers that I haven’t been able to find here, I knew that someone would take the challenge. I was overwhelmed by just how many were willing to go out to find them and then get them to me, but not surprised that these dear people had responded.

Pumpkin Spice Creamer - courtesy of a dear friend!

Pumpkin Spice Creamer – courtesy of a dear friend!

Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely do not take my family and friends for granted. I just know that I’m blessed with some pretty amazing people in my life and that they would do their very best to help me out. What I didn’t expect this week were a couple of strangers that were as willing to share with me as if they were my friends!

On Saturday, Alan and I went out to lunch at a little bar/café. It was one of those places where there is one big bench across the wall and tables are lined up way too close together. You can’t help hearing what your neighbors are talking about and in fact, if you’re like us, you often find yourself being a part of their conversation. The group next to us was a large party, obviously having a good time, and we chit-chatted back and forth and shared several laughs with them. They ordered dessert and when it came, it was huge! And chocolate! And obviously meant to be shared! Of course, I had to ask what it was and remarked that it looked delicious.  When they got up to leave, one of the ladies slid across the bench to sit right next to me. She said, “We didn’t even eat half of our dessert and it was so good! I promise we don’t have Ebola or anything, you need to try this!” She then placed her dessert on my table and left.  I was stunned at her generosity. No, I didn’t eat it – I’m not a big fan of eating a stranger’s leftovers, but it made me smile that this lovely woman wanted to share her treat with us.

Today, I went to the grocery store. At checkout, the cashier asked me if I had found everything I needed. My initial response was an automatic yes, but then I told her that I had been looking for single potatoes, but could only find bags. I just wanted three small potatoes, so I didn’t buy a bag. The guy behind me said, “You can have three of mine,” and pointed to his bag. I smiled and said, “No, thank you anyway” and figured that was the end of it. I took it as one of those gestures we all make sometimes when we want to seem nice, but we really don’t expect the other person to take us up on it. Imagine my shock when he said, “Seriously, I won’t miss them” and actually started to tear open his bag!  I stopped him and assured him that I had already bought something else instead. I left the store, grinning from ear to ear, that again, a total stranger was so willing to extend their hand.

It’s really easy to get jaded when you listen to all of the horrible things that are happening around the world, but it’s been my experience that people, for the most part, are genuinely kind and giving. Not only do I have proof of that in the awesome people that are closest to me, but in the awesome people that have crossed my path this week!

Odette

Odette

Odette is a 50+ optimist that is still discovering new things in life that excite her. After many years of admin work and teaching adult computer classes, blogging seemed to be a new frontier to explore.

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About Odette

Odette is a 50+ optimist that is still discovering new things in life that excite her. After many years of admin work and teaching adult computer classes, blogging seemed to be a new frontier to explore. AVAILABLE FOR TUTORING: "I have 10+ years experience teaching computer skills. My students have included novices who have never turned on a computer, seniors who want to join the technical age, experienced users who need to learn the tricks to becoming a Microsoft Office power user. If you live in the Lompoc, CA area and are interested in private tutoring, feel free to contact me at aobradshawsheeley@comcast.net."
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3 Responses to The Kindness of Friends – And Strangers!

  1. Kim Mirshak says:

    Odie,

    I’m really looking forward to reading the United States of Awesomeness each week. This was pretty good. Keep it up.

    Kim

  2. Faith says:

    What a wonderful post! I enjoyed reading it 🙂

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