Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Timeless Gift


--by ClarityTru, posted Nov 11, 2008

Every day I pass by a homeless man on the street near where I attend college.  He tells me 'hello'  in a cheerful manner, and I always say it back.  I give him any extra change I have. 

He always wears a watch.  Not an expensive watch by any means, but it serves its purpose.  One day I noticed he wasn't wearing it anymore.  I asked him why and he looked down and told me that the battery had died so he threw it away.  I knew he couldn't afford a new battery and he certainly couldn't afford a new watch. 

He stayed on my mind all day, and I knew what I had to do.  I went out and bought him a watch.  Not an expensive one, but one that was very similar to the one he had.    

When I saw him the next day, he was smiling and cheerful as ever.  When I bent down to put some change in his cup, I also dropped in the watch.  I didn't say anything about it.  I just smiled at him and kept on walking.  He didn't even notice it until I had walked on.  I looked back and watched as he pulled the watch from the cup.  He looked towards me and I just smiled and nodded.  He put the watch on with a big smile on his face. 

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Ismat Vakil wrote: I wish people were as observant and as kind as you. Great job!
usha vasu wrote: I liked the act of giving without fussing. In the present world of publicity hungry people, giving by right hand without the left hand knowing it is something amazing. You did not hand it over to him and expected him to be very grateful to you is what i appreciate. May your tribe increase!
warinika wrote: God sees everything. Do good with others, help them. God will do best with u. :)
Cheers! :)
JeanieMarie wrote: ClarityTru ~ what a wonderful thing to do, and to treat that person with such dignity. You are truly a light to the world. May God bless you and those you love. JeanieMarie
kylierenae wrote: That's so sweet of you. You definatly made his day.
MATAMELA ALUGUMI BENEFACTOR wrote: May the great good lord bless you for the great mercy you had for him. It may seem stupid and nothing to other people, but to god is wounderful. Keep it up.
Dee wrote: You might not realise it now but what goes round , comes round. You made the guy happy however the happiness that you will feel within each time you remember his smile on his face will endless.
Jessica wrote: That is perfect story, touching as well!
laurina wrote: What a perfect gift!

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