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December 17, 2007 And the Kindness of a Stranger

Updated on March 1, 2017
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Sallie is a retired mother and grandmother who has written short stories for most of her life. Her stories are from her heart to yours.

December 17, 2007

Lately, I can hardly get through a day without tears at some point.

They come unannounced and more often than not, unwelcomed.

At the Hallmark store Monday evening, while picking out a birthday card for my son, Patrick, I stood there reading the cards with tears streaming down my face. Anyone who knows me, knows I do this when reading sappy cards, but I couldnt stop and as I stood there, reading, a man standing next to me, who obviously noticed the wet cheeks, said not a word, but placed his hand on my arm and gave it a squeeze. It was, without doubt, a generous, kind gesture, completely unexpected.

I looked at him and tried to speak, but couldn't. It didn't matter for he seemed to know what I wanted to say and he smiled at me, patted my arm again and walked away. I stood there thinking of how many times we push and shove our way through life, not paying attention to others and certainly not caring if someone might be in pain. I am in pain this December and all the love in the world from people who matter hasn't seemed to matter as much as this complete stranger and his kindness.

Whoever, wherever you are, thank you.

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      Sallie Mullinger 3 years ago from Ohio

      You are so right! And that day, at that time, this man made me smile and I hadnt been smiling much.

      We are so wrapped up in ourselves that we forget how good it feels to reach out to others.

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      Joan Fryman 3 years ago

      This story reminds me of the goodness that still exist in others We seldom see those stories in the newspapers or hear about on TV news. Those stories don't sell newspapers or raise TV ratings - only bad news grabs everyone's interest. That's why I always, if nothing else, just simply smile at strangers because, sometimes, that simple little smile could very well be the best thing that happens to him or her that day.

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