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Nice People Do Exist

Updated on February 22, 2011
I don't know why... but sunflowers remind me of kind people!
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What... a nice person over there?

Yep, nice people do exist! That is right. You heard me shout that loud and clear. In today’s society of hustle and bustle, it is hard to believe this statement could be said, much less verified. Yet, I have witnessed a true and kind human being who had nothing to gain from the experience, just the purity of being nice!

In today’s world, the kindness humans possess seem to be going downhill at an unnaturally fast rate. The problem is, it is an avalanche effect. It starts at the top, and what only took a small push, has grown faster and faster as it picks up speed. It is the act of being unkind. One unkind act will run into others and will cause another unkind act. When the avalanche hits the bottom, there will no longer be any more acts of kindness in the world. Hopefully, we won’t be living to witness that.

The only way to fight this avalanche is with another avalanche… the avalanche of kindness.

Get your umbrella here.... before the next storm!

The day starts...

The story starts out like any other day in Southern California. The sun is out and shining, even though the weather man has promised rain. Not that I really listen to the weatherman, after all, it is the one job you can consistently get wrong and still keep. With that, I sent my kids off to school.

Within an hour of my daughters catching the bus, the drizzle begins. The drizzle turns into solid raindrops which then turn into sheets of water pouring down across the area. Not that it effects me; I am in the house all nice and cozy warm. Did I mention that I am also dry! Yep, cause that is important. Especially when it is raining out.

Needless to say, I was left all to myself with my son. My daughters were off to school and my husband had left with the car. It is our only car right now since there really is no need for us to have two vehicles. Yet, inside of the car was also our only umbrella.

With my husband gone, taking the umbrella with him as his prisoner… (Ok, so he didn’t steal it. He probably didn’t realize it was even in the car! But, it wasn’t in my possession, which at the time was all that really mattered!), I started to get nervous. My daughter would be coming home on the bus in about an hour and it was still raining. The bus stop was about a quarter of a mile away, which would be a long walk without an umbrella in the rain.

Yet, somewhere out there, my luck started to improve. The sun came out and the sky stopped crying. It was perfect timing. It happened right before I had to get my daughter. Yet, unfortunately, I forgot about putting my son’s stroller in the garage before the rain, so my 1 year old would have to endure the trek down the street on foot, since the stroller was completely soaked. So together, my son and I left for a walk.

To get the idea of where we live, our house is on top of a hill, that obviously goes uphill both ways, regardless of whether you are coming or going. The walk anywhere in this neighborhood, is not an easy one. Now imagine, a young child who usually takes a walk in the stroller, doing this on foot. He did well, but definitely kept the pace moderately slow. But give him a break, he is after all only 1 and his legs are short.

Unfortunately, the slow pace would put us halfway down the hill as the sprinkles started coming back. That meant there was no time to head back and get an umbrella. I looked up to the sky and just hoped that it would hold out for another 10 minutes. That would be long enough for me to grab my daughter and get back into the house before it let loose.

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Naturally, my luck had changed. It doesn’t take foreshadowing to know that by the time we reached the end of the street, the rain was coming down steady. Luckily, a steady rainfall in California is barely anything to get you wet. You will become damp by it, but nothing more than a slight irritation. Naturally, I also learned I shouldn’t make fun of mother nature. She has a way of proving me wrong!

Standing at the bus stop, the rain started coming down harder and harder. I took shelter underneath a pole, which obviously didn’t provide much cover, but it was better than nothing. I stood there with my son, wishing just this once, the bus would be early today. Yet, even though most days the bus did arrive 5 minutes early, today was not one of those days.

Out of nowhere, a big black truck sped up to the side of the street. A young man looked out with genuine concern in his eyes.

“Did you need a ride somewhere?”

I must have been looking pretty pathetic. A mother griping onto her child, hiding under a skinny pole trying to stay out of the rain and keep her son as dry as possible. Yet, I couldn’t help but smile at his kindness. I informed him that I was just waiting for the bus to arrive so I could get my daughter. He didn’t waiver, and he obviously didn’t seem to have anywhere he needed to be in a hurry, so he offered me the warmth of his truck while I waited. I, of course thinking of all the wierdos out there, didn’t hesitate in telling him no once again.

“Thank you so much for offering. Yet, I am already wet, so I might as well just suck it up for a few more minutes,” I said with a smile on my face. After all, the rain was still more dampening than it was really getting me wet. With that, he nodded his head and sped off.

My daughter got off the bus a minute later, and I rushed her up the street. It was still raining and I wanted to get home fast. I didn’t want to win the “Parent of the Year” award for being the only parent without an umbrella in hand when the rain broke out.

It only took us a few steps heading up the hill before I heard the dreaded noise. You know the noise I am referring to. It is the gush of wind and the patter of rain right before it hits. It is the wave that you hear before the big storm hits. It only took a few seconds before those tiny raindrops turned into sheets. It is the hard rain; the one that floods streets; the one that causes the grass to drown. The one that was only seconds away, and I was still a good five minute walk away from the house, completely uphill.

Yep, it hit. With my son on my shoulders I picked up my pace, yet my daughter was still lagging behind. The sheets of rain poured down, and I could feel the rain spraying my face as if I had thrown a hose on myself. My son squealed with laughter. He thought it was funny. My daughter said it was no big deal, after all she was wearing her jacket and felt quit dry. I, on the other hand, was in a T-shirt and jeans, and the longer I was in the rain, the more my wet pants started to drag me down.

Finally, we get to the door and run inside. I am drenched from top to bottom, with the exception of my shoulders (where my son had been sitting!)

“That’s it! If this is the way the day is going to treat me, I am putting my pajamas back on!”

I get dried off and change, and as soon as I come back down stairs, I look outside. After the sheets of rain had poured down on me, the sun had come out to show her face. Go figure, now that I was inside, the sun was out. Yet, now that I was dry, it seemed a little funny. Or maybe I wasn’t in such a bad mood because of the young man that was nice enough to offer some help.

Lessons learned...

I guess what it comes down to is there are two different lessons that you should take away from this:

The first lesson is there are still people out there who genuinely kind. We seem to forget that in this hustle and bustle type of life. When we are stranded on the side of the road, people usually don’t stop in fear that you are some sort of weirdo (or because they believe everyone on the planet has a cell phone and has probably already called someone for help!) People have become rude and ignorant. Often times, they will bump into you. Not only have the forgot to apologize, but they are usually mumbling under their breath at how rude you were to get in their way. Yet, beyond all that, there are still people out their who are genuinely kind. They may be far and few between, but it does exist.

And secondly, you should never mock Mother Nature. After all, when you expect it to be sunny and warm, it is often cold. That usually occurs when you forget to bring a sweatshirt with you. When you think it is going to be cold, you dress nice and warm only to end up with clothes drenched in sweat. And of course, when you expect no rain, that is when you forget your umbrella. So, here I go again, mocking Mother Nature. So, if you do the same, just remember to carry your umbrella.


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    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Peggy W - It is sad that we must go through life wondering who is someone you can trust and who you should run the other direction from these days, but I guess that is just how life has ended up. I actually don't mind the rain out here. I am from Wisconsin where it has always been much worse. If it ever rains here, I might go out and play in it and take pictures. Why - because I have a waterproof camera now and it sounds like fun. Glad you enjoyed this hub!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      That man was undoubtedly honorable...but in this day and age one can never be sure which is a shame. I liked the fact that your son enjoyed the adventure with the rain as a 1 year old child naturally would. We should all learn to be more child-like in enjoying the moments as they present themselves. Up votes and tweeted.

    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      It really is a shame that we have to watch out for weird people... and when someone is genuinely nice it kind of throws us off. I am still in shock over this encounter.


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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed reading this. Weathermen never know what is going on. I am convinced of that sitting here waiting for spring to arrive as I watch the snow fly. There are lots of nice people still out there just a shame we have to be so careful about who we can really trust. Up and awesome!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Besides if started dancing around with my kids in the rain in my neighborhood - I'd get carted off in the little truck with the nice white jackets straight to the rubber room.

    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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      7 years ago

      Wow, a kind soul who believes that others exist! Nice to know you're out there! Thanks for sharing!

    • crystolite profile image


      7 years ago from Houston TX

      that is a good article on Nice people here. Thanks

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      7 years ago

      Good observation and description,Your Hub is something familiar to most of us. We end up wondering what the other persons intentions really were.


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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh ok barber girl - you know I'm a "realist" I'd have been thinking about the messy floors and wet clothes I would need to wash - but I'll try to do that next time I'm waiting, in the rain, for the kids to be unleashed from school:-)

    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Realhousewife: I have to admit, I was less amused when I was getting drenched, but afterwards I was thinking it wasn't so bad. I should have enjoyed the moment and taught my kids to dance in the rain!!

      @Harvey: Thanks. I changed the picture because I wasn't sure if that was impacting anything. The only reason I say that is because it had a picture with me and my child in it... which will or won't deter people. Ironically, maybe it is just because I have been so active, but I have had more followers and more comments since I changed my picture. Maybe some people don't like kids! ;) Just kidding of course.

      @PenMePretty: Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it!

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      7 years ago from Franklin

      very meaningful.

    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      barber, Hi! Must say your new pic is very nice. Your Hub is something familiar to most of us. We end up wondering what the other persons intentions really were.

      I'm still getting more ladies for the research on my book. If you know any, please tell them to write me, with your name as the subject. I've received some stories you wouldn't believe. The fun part is your name is never known, and I have no idea if your story is true.


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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You are so funny! I could even imagine you standing there, with little boy short legs getting drenched! There really are still nice people out there! Just hard to find - glad I found your hub:-). Gives me lots of giggles!

    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I actually like the rain... the only problem was, on this particular day, the rain was like tiny ice drops. Boy was it cold! LOL

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      7 years ago from Lost in America

      Aw, I loved this hub! I'm glad you waited, although the man's intentions could have been honorable, your daughter is more important, as you and your son! Well, my dad always had a great way with words, and he used so few. "Why do people run to get out of the rain, you're not going to melt." I think he wasn't thinking of the witch in the Wizard of Oz lol. But what he said was definitely giving Mother Nature what she had due! Normalcy! :)

    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Yeah - Mother Nature has her own ways! Even though I was cranky about getting drenched though, it was a good experience because the man that stopped made me realize there are still good people out there. I have been on a role of bad luck and I was starting to lose my ability to see the kindness and others. It was a great learning experience.

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      7 years ago from United States

      haha...Mother Nature sure has her ways of making us realize what significant role she plays in our lives amidst this hustle bustle of life :)

      Regarding the truck driver, I have also found them exceedingly courteous and they come out of nowhere.

      Good observation and description :)


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