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The Old Man And His Cane

Updated on September 14, 2019

Take Time To Smell The Roses And lend A helping Hand To A Person In Need,

I was driving to Walmart to pick up a few items when I noticed an old man walking on the highway. He was moving slowly with an aid of a cane.

The sun was sitting low in the sky, stars were already twinkling. I thought I should stop and offer the old man a ride, but I was leery. The turmoil all over the world left me fearful, but I felt ashamed, so I stopped and inquired if he wanted a ride. He said " yes " Gratefully and slowly got into my car. He apologized for being so slow.

He told me a sad story. It seems that he had been living with his daughter and son-in-law. He heard them arguing and he tearfully said " It was about me. " My daughter wanted me to stay, but my son-in-law wanted me out of their home. I was unsure what I should do, but my heart told me " I had to leave "

I prayed as I started to walk, asking God to lead me and here you came along, you looked like an angel sitting in your car, perhaps you are?

I told him that I was no angel, far from it, just a mortal with a soft heart. I told him that I only lived a few miles away and was alone. I also invited him to rest in my spare bedroom, he quickly agreed and looked so pleased.

I prepared him a nice cup of hot tea and an egg salad sandwich, He gratefully thanked me, soon he was ready to rest, I took him to my spare bedroom. He thanked me again. After a while I passed his room and heard a soft snore. I checked on him several times during the evening, each time he was quietly sleeping.

The next morning I knocked on his door and listened for a sound. I heard nothing. concerned, I opened the door, the room was empty. The bed neatly made. Sunshine filled the room. I was amazed!

Then I spied a note, " You were my angel when I needed a friend. Many times before people drove past me without a glance, I am one of God's earth angels, and you are what he meant when he said, Heb. 13 1-2 keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. "

Tears began rolling down my face. I was extremely happy and humbled that I listened to my heart and stopped to help an old man with a cane.

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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Be sure and let me know Brenda, I'll be watching. Cheers.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      13 months ago from Washington Court House

      Thanks for the compliment.

      I will let you know if I try it.

      Have a pleasant day.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Brenda. I know you could write from a picture. Your poetry tells me that, Why don't you try it?

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      13 months ago from Washington Court House

      Ruby,

      That is wonderful to be able to write such a piece from a picture.

      You truly have a gift.

      Enjoy your day.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Brenda. Funny how this story came about, I saw the picture of the old man with a cane and the story practically wrote itself. Pictures do that for me. Thanks a million for coming to read this piece.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      13 months ago from Washington Court House

      Ruby,

      This is a wonderful story with a powerful message.

      You definitely know how to write these short stories.

      Thanks for the share.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mitara, so happy you liked this story. There is something about angels that inspires me to write. Thank you for visiting my page.

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      Mitara N 

      16 months ago from South Africa

      Ruby, it brought tears to my eye's, such a moving story, you can't help but admire the inspiration and moral of the story.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peggy. So glad you liked this story. I saw the picture on the internet and my muse was inspired to write. Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      17 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This is such an endearing story, and one with a good message. Thanks, Ruby!

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Charlie. I agree.

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      Charlie Halliday 

      20 months ago from Scotland

      lovely story Ruby. An act of kindness cost nothing but the rewards are priceless

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Umesh. So happy my story touched you. Thank you.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      20 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      A touching story. Good reading.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric, Gab, that's what we do, wish you'd been there too. Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Paula, I didn't know you had heart surgery. I was out of the loop for awhile. ( Got married ) I hope you are doing ok. I keep one bathroom closed off and one bedroom, but I still have to clean periodically, I would have a woman come in to do the heavy cleaning. but I'm to hard to please. Lordy I wish I wasn't so particular. lol Take care my witty friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow, what great discussion between you two. I felt like I was in the kitchen listening to two of my sisters. Thanks

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      Suzie 

      22 months ago from Carson City

      3 bathrooms??? In case you want to play Musical Toilet seats?? LOL...Just kidding. I'll assume you keep one or 2 closed up so you don't have all that cleaning! My sons closed off the 2nd story to my house entirely, after I came home from my heart surgery. And still, I have what would be considered a huge apartment with just my ist. floor......the maintenance and expense for one woman is ridiculous.....so I'm outta here!

      Well, we could chat for hours, Ruby....Oops, correction: I can chat for hours!! LOL Paula

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Paula, I know what you are talking about. I have a big house with three bathrooms and sometimes I wish I was in a senior citizen housing complex. I wish you all the best my friend, and I will wait for you to get the writing bug again. I do miss your fun hub's, and I miss you. Thanks again girlfriend...

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      Suzie 

      22 months ago from Carson City

      Ruby....Hang in there, girlfriend and keep waiting! I feel lucky to be able to have just enough spare to jump on HP and read a few and leave comments now and then.

      I'm in the midst of a mission....Downsizing....preparing my big ole 2-story home to place on the market....filling out applications for apartments for old ladies like me. (I put applications in at 2 really nice complexes.....cross your fingers for me)

      I'm here and there and everywhere and Lord knows I move a lot slower these day! So, as much as I would love to focus on writing some kind of wonderful article...my life is much too hectic now and for a while. When I sit to write, I need to be calm and relaxed, free of too many pressures. etc...you know how it is. But when I come back, I'll ring a bell and you'll know!! Love ya! P

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Paula, it's true, a picture wakes up my sleeping muse. As you know, I love to write about humanity, but I get off track sometimes and write about something sad. I'm waiting for something from you. You go girlfriend! Thank you..

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      Suzie 

      22 months ago from Carson City

      Hey Ruby-girl....I seriously get what you say about seeing a photo or something and having your muse wake up! That must happen to you quite often because you always give us wonderful, fascinating pieces to read!! Enjoy your week-end, my dear! Peace, Paula

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rodric, I fully agree with your comment. I saw this picture on the internet and my muse woke up. ( I wanted to write, but I couldn't think of anything. ) Funny how that happens. I'm thrilled that it made you feel good inside. Thanks for telling me. I do appreciate you taking time to read my work. Now it's your turn to write a poem...

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      22 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      This story made me tear up a bit. It made me feel good inside. All we need to do is love one another and treat each other with kindness. I believe we are all one of God's earth angels. He mad us all different enough to see if we will put our fears aside and help each other. I am so happy when I hear of kindness to others, even if that kindness is in a story. It is my prayer, that this will be true of most of the people of the earth if not all of us one day, that we can do kindness to each other for the joy of helping someone else out. It heals our broken hearts, like your story has uplifted my low heart today. You did that with this story.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Shaloo, nice to meet you, and I agree. Thank you for the follow. I will be over to see you.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      22 months ago from India

      What a beautiful story! The world needs more and more kind people like the lady in the story.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. It is so good to see you again. Thank you for kind words. I am more than ready for a carriage ride story and another Trump putdown, you better hurry, I think he's on his way to prison. Hee...Don't forget about Memphis.....

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      mckbirdbks 

      22 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - This story sounds like, "You" - your generous heart, always thinking of others. Checking in on them, making sure they are alright. It is always a pleasure to read your work and to know that there are such wonderful people, such as you, among us.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Dana. I believe there are still people who care about others in this crazy world, and I know you are one of them. Blessings to you.

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      Dana Tate 

      22 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Touching Ruby,

      It was beautiful and reminded me that there are still people who believe in the kindness of strangers.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Mark. I agree. When we help others, we feel happy too.

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      Mark Tulin 

      22 months ago from Palm Springs, California

      Nice story, Ruby. Helping others always makes the light shine brighter.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you nell, happy you liked this one.

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      Nell Rose 

      22 months ago from England

      Hi Ruby, I always love your little stories, and this one was awesome!

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Nithya. Your kind words are appreciated. Smiling...

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      Nithya Venkat 

      22 months ago from Dubai

      Dear Ruby you are generous and kind. You are brave for taking in a total stranger. God will shower his blessings on you for your kind act. It is kind people like you that keep this world going.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Hari, so happy you liked my story. Thank You.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      22 months ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful like a fairy tale.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, so nice to see you. I've missed you! Happy you liked my story and thank you for kind words.

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      Maria Jordan 

      22 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      I read in the comment stream where this is fiction. Knowing you, this tale does not stray far from your big, loving and compassionate heart.

      I sure did need this tonight. Love you so much, mar

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. I'm so glad you liked my story, asp. the ending. Thank you so much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you again William. Fact or fiction, it's something we all can do to ease the suffering of the needy. I appreciate you coming back. Peace...

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      22 months ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, I have goosebumps running down my entire body! This is an awesome story.

      I was afraid she'd found he'd passed away in his sleep. You couldn't have chosen a better ending!

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      William Kovacic 

      22 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Fact or fiction - it was still a great story, Ruby! At least, it read like fact.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello William, the story is fiction. I saw the picture on the internet and my muse took flight. So happy you enjoyed reading. Thank you for the kind words.

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      William Kovacic 

      22 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Such a touching story, Ruby. The world needs more people like you to do God's work, and you did it! I'm sure that man will never forget your kindness.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. I love your comment, so glad you like this piece. You are a special friend indeed. Hugs...

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sara. So happy you liked my story. Thank you much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric, so happy you enjoyed my story. Thank you for always reading and supporting my writing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. I appreciate you more than I can express Thank you for always being there for me.

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      Genna East 

      22 months ago

      Ruby, your story moved me to tears. When we are kind and giving, the Lord's light finds us, as it has found you. Hugs, my dear friend, and thank you for this inspirational write.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lora. So happy that you liked my story, and I fully agree with your comment. Kindness is so easy to give, Who knows, we might need a helping hand someday? Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pamela, Happy that you liked my story. Thank you for a welcome comment.

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      SARA 

      22 months ago from Islamabad

      Very beautiful message you have conveyed...

      I really like this story when you show hospitality and compassion.

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      Eric Dierker 

      22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How can you make a grown man (some say to grow up) cry in so few lines? Thank you

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely look inside of your heart,Ruby! You are a person I am proud to call my friend.

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      Lora Hollings 

      22 months ago

      A wonderful story, Ruby. We all need to show compassion for others who feel lost and abandoned. What is the meaning of life if we don't extend a helping hand to those who are in need? Our actions do count here on this earth and above! Thanks for sharing.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      22 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Ruby, I love this story as being kind to someone had such a great reward. It should teach us all a lesson about kindness to any other human being. Thank you for sharing such a lovely story.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. I have been wanting to write for days, but I didn't have a clue, then this picture inspired me. The story practically wrote itself. Thank you for coming to read this piece. I love your comment, and I fully agree.

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      John Hansen 

      22 months ago from Gondwana Land

      A beautiful story, Ruby. Yes, we should show kindness and generosity to all we meet. You never know when one may be an angel of God testing people’s compassion. Glad you were able to find your inspiration, this time through a picture.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I saw this picture on the internet, and this story came alive to me. I hope you like it, and will take time to help someone in need.

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