Stories of Kindness from Around the World

It Was A Rainy Night In New Orleans

--by AsianWoman, posted Aug 15, 2009
It was a rainy night in New Orleans
At a bus station in the town,
I watched a young girl weeping
As her baggage was taken down.

It seems she'd lost her ticket
Changing buses in the night.
She begged them not to leave her there
With no sign of help in sight.

The bus driver had a face of stone
And his heart was surely the same.
"Losing your ticket is like losing cash money,"
He said, and left her in the rain.

Then an old Indian man stood up
And blocked the driver's way
And would not let him pass before
He said what he had to say.

"How can you leave that girl out there?
Have you not had a moment of fear?
You know she had a ticket.
You can't just leave her here.

You can't put her out in a city
Where she doesn't have a friend.
You will meet your schedule,
But she might meet her end."

The driver showed no sign
That he'd heard or even cared
About the young girl's problem
Or how her travels fared.

So the old gentleman said,
"For her fare, I'll pay.
I'll give her a little money
To help her on her way."

He went and bought the ticket
And helped her to her place,
And helped her put her baggage,
In the overhead luggage space.

"How can I repay," she said,
"the kindness you've shown tonight?
We're strangers who won't meet again
A mere ' 'thank you 'doesn't seem right."

He said, "What goes around comes around.
This I've learned with time.
What you give, you always get back.
What you sow, you reap in kind.

Always be helpful to others
And give what you can spare;
For by being kind to strangers,
We help angels unaware."

- Author Unknown
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Readers Comments

Wangwang wrote: I happened to read this when i was searching for some materials. Really, it is a love story. How sweet!
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Bluebell wrote: Lovely story in a form of a poem, just beautiful.
wayfarer wrote: This goes right to the heart of why we are all here. Thank you!
lmil1954 wrote: Thanks AsianWoman, it is perfect and so true! Love, Linda:)
sethi wrote: A great one , Thank you for posting it.
lilhappyme wrote: Oh How I loved reading this!
~Smiles and Laughter~
FairyBubbles wrote: That is really beautiful - thank you for posting.
anonimus wrote: what a beautiful reminder, i love the part that goes "What goes around comes around.
This I've learned with time - -
What you give, you always get back;
What you sow, you reap in kind." so very true.thanks for sharing.:-}:-}:-}

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