The Kindness Of A Stranger
The Kindness of a Stranger
The kindness of a stranger
Is hard to find these days;
We don’t connect, by words or touch;
We avoid a lingering gaze.
It’s uncommon for the offering
Of an extended hand or two;
The extra mile; the soft, sweet smile,
Is lost between me and you.
But, that wasn’t the case on that crisp winter morn,
When, through the airport crowd I sought,
A girl or a boy who could take the toy:
The Christmas snow globe I had bought.
As I tried to explain that I’d soon miss my plane,
Because the globe was forbidden to fly;
You heard my frustration; the strong condemnation,
You understood, without needing to ask, “Why?
The gift in my bag would make someone happy;
I was relieved, I could give it away.
But, to my great surprise, it was I with the prize:
The kindness you showed me that day.
Instead of keeping the globe you would mail it back,
“Is there an address?” was what you asked me.
An option like this quickly filled me with bliss;
My emotions had me too blind to see.
So, off I went then, my money well spent;
The postage a mere nominal price.
For a stranger that day to make contact this way,
Was a kindness beyond ‘being nice’.
By: Denise Handlon
January 5, 2011
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The Events Leading to this Poem
The events that led to the writing of this poem occurred on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010. It was just two days following the heavy snowstorms that hit the Midwest, crippling airports for three days and making a mess of holiday travel plans.
I was among the many, wading my way through the lines of security, when I was stopped, my suitcase searched, and a beautiful snow globe was removed. I had not considered the globe as a weapon of danger when I packed it that morning or I would have mailed it instead.
Rather than give up the globe to the hands of the TSA guards, I chose to step out of the line and return to the common area in hopes of finding a grateful recipient for the gift that I had intended for my nephew.
The comments left in that hub indicate that the majority of the people believed in the Spirit of Christmas and the positive outcome of the snow globe left in the hands of a stranger. I am delighted to report, as promised, that the globe did indeed arrive safe and sound. My nephew was surprised by the belated Christmas gift he received Monday, January 3, 2011. This beautiful, musical globe that depicts Santa stooped from his bag of presents, pushing through ‘the snow’, a faithful dog barking at his side, sits on display-a reminder that Christmas is in the hearts of people everywhere, year round.