A Snow Angel

Published 2010.

Last week, commencing 11 Feb. Midweek - Wednesday or Thursday, it started snowing heavily – in the afternoon, out of nowhere. It looked like the snow had come back to South East, London. As I got off the train, I decided to nip into a small cornershop, next to my house to get some groceries. I was worried that the snow might be heavy as it had been weeks ago and it might be difficult to get about, so I picked up more than I would normally from the store. (sort of panic buying).

I went to pay for the items. As the Cashier was calculating them, a man behind me put all his groceries right infront of me, which was odd. He should have waited for me to leave. I tutted quietly, looked at him and just looked away. The cashier told me how much I had to pay and I looked in my purse – there wasn’t enough. I could have used my Debit card but it was a corner shop and didn’t take cards or I could have gone home to get cash and return to the shop, as I lived 2 minutes away, but I couldn’t be bothered. I was cold and tired.

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So, I asked him to take some things off to reduce the payment. Well,,,, the man behind me, asked how much I needed. I was surprised and told him how much, but said it was okay. He then offered to pay the difference. I remember saying “are you sure”? He said it was no problem and paid the difference.

I thanked him and said "God bless you”. He said “thanks, I actually need some prayers” and smiled. I smiled too, thanked him again and walked off.

What made me laugh inside was, minutes earlier, I was thinking "what's up with this strange guy?" and then later I was saying. “oh, thanks so much, God Bless you”.

It was a small amount, but the thought behind it, made me smile.

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Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

Nice story! And what a kind man.

Also that's a great photo. I saw it thinking that you must be from a very snowy, hilly climate, then I read that you were in SE London, lol! The snow made everything beautiful. (Not that London isn't beautiful sometimes anyway..)

Your story made me smile. It's nice to come across kindness like that unexpectedly. :o)


jdove-miller 6 years ago

What a great example of how we sometimes misread people's motives/attitudes.


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Pete Maida 6 years ago

We need more of that in the world. Sometimes I think people aren't as much uncaring as they are afraid. If I was in that situation I would like to do that but I would be afraid the woman would think I was trying to hit on her. If someone my wife knew saw it how you they relate the story to my wife. Would they say I just helped someone out or would they say I was flurting with the woman?


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Thanks for sharing it.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

With all that's happening in the world today, our attitude toward people becomes cold and jaded. It's unfortunate. The title tells all, you did find a Snow Angel in that corner shop. Nice heart-warming story, Lady E.


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Lady E, God reaches out to show us things through others.

Maybe that day you both saw something. One doesn't see much kindness anymore. As the other comments said, there's always some form of suspicion these days when someone does something nice. We always look for the hidden intent. This was a nice short Hub. Few Words. Monumental meaning!


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Thank you so much for sharing a heart warming story such as this. Now this mysterious angel has earned even more prayers!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks Moon Daisy. Nice to meet you. I notice you are from the UK too. I think we've seen the last of the snow for this winter. Regards.

** True J Dove-Miller. In London, I've learnt just to be calm whatever people do. Good job I did, even though I thought his actions were strange. Thanks for stopping.

** Hi Pete, another solid point. A man was speaking on TV some time ago and said he saw a Teenage girl walking along the road and crying. His heart went out to her, but for fear of being accused of ?whatever? He just couldn't bring himself to go and comfort her and see what was wrong. He just wished her well. The things happening in the world have made us so sensitive. Nice to read from you.

** Thanks Vladimir for stopping. That little boy in your Avatar looks cute.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Cheers Jai - thats true. Sometimes I like to help too, but sometimes hold back. Once a child was crying on the train and I said gently "its okay" etc and then said to the mum. "she's cute". The mum responded coldly, "its a boy". I apologised. I thought to myself, I should've just read my paper and not reached out. lol. (Bless her, she was probably a stressed out single parent)

** Thanks Unchainedgrace - for your encouraging comments. Hope you enjoyed church service today. (sunday)

** Lol Happyher. I'm sure God will bless him more for being kind. Thanks so much for stopping.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

What a nice gesture to do--that really small act of kindness-was actually very big-because here you are sharing it to many,many people in a big way. Planting seeds for God. Now that is just great to hear on my Sunday morning!

When acts of kindness are done for me,it always brings me to a good place....in awe..always! When I do such 'AOK' I don't care who has seen it or what they think of me or the questioning of my motives are. As long as I know what my motives are-and of course God does also..so who cares what others think!

Often you can get a 'real' glimpse into another's heart just by seeing how they react to witnessing kindness, generosity and God's love to another. Great hub and I loved your Snow Angel! :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks. That's nice to know Ghost Whisper. I love your attitude. You are a channel of Blessing.

Ps. Glad you liked my Snow Angel :)


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Great little story of life right at home Lady_E. i have been on both sides of this myself and it is a joy. Thank you. Blessings L.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

This is sweet, Elena! Sometimes, we are so troubled by every day´s trifles that we just live in a hurry! That experience shows that God is always showing us the Light, but we sometimes choose not to pay attention out of stress or tiredness. Small miracles... they are always around if we know where to look!

Thanks for sharing it!

Warmest regards and blessings,

Al


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

What a wonderful story. The kindness of this gentle stranger is something to always remember, and his response to your blessing was so unique and strange. "Thanks, I actually needed some prayers." Wow. I hope his admission that he needed some prayers wasn't an indication of a tragedy in his life.

This is a beautiful story that touches my heart. I think we are all ready for spring.

Mike


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for such a heartwarming story.


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kev8 6 years ago

That story made me smile, thanks


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

It's amazing sometimes what we can give or receive with a little money or some kindness. Beautiful story Lady_E. :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** It is indeed, SaintatLarge. Lovely to read from you again.

** Cheers Mystique - your words are so deep. It touched my heart cos of certain things. Very encouraging thanks.

** Hi Mike - after reading your comment, I was wishing I had gone forward in time before meeting him. Now, I'm thinking maybe I should've asked if he had a Church to go to.... Mmmh. Your a deep thinker. Glad you stopped by.

** Hello Hello, thanks again for taking the time to comment and visit my Hubs.

** Cheers Kev and I hope that Smile lasts long.

** True Hypnodude - it's the thought behind it that counts. Best Wishes.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Lady E, What a delightful story! I believe that it was a double Blessing! The Lord showing you that He is everywhere you are, looking out for you... I think even in your tiredness your Light was shining through that touched this man... For the nice man, you responded by saying "God Bless You" you brightened his day and gave him a ray of hope in honor of the Lord... Great Snow Angel as well!

Hmmm...One never knows you could have been touched by an angel...

Thank you for sharing this was so touching, As always Much love and Blessings!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hello DeBorrah,

I smiled at your comments. Thanks for your kind words. As you Minister to others, may Angels be all around you and your family.

Best Wishes . :)


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

God is always there to fill in the gap. It reminds me of the scripture (not quoting) that speaks about treating people nicely for we may not know that we may be speaking with an angel. It is also nice, as I am sure, many of us have done this, to be that angel to someone else. For both, it is a great feeling!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Support Med. For both it is a great feeling. I could write Hubs of being on the other side but I feel we don't have to tell people. Nice to read from you again. :)


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

Sweet story of a very kind heart. You wrote it very clearly and it drew me in. I can see the man behind you making you feel hurried .. I can see your anxiety when you realize you don't have enough cash. What a gesture of goodness. God Bless you and prayers .. yes, that's what we all need. Blessings Lady E


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks for your kind comments Mekenzie.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

A nice person he was to be a gentleman, and to assist a young lady. There is still good manners among men. God Bless You.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Stars439 - True. There are still some very nice people around. Glad you stopped by.

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