Stopping For Beverly
--by brindlegirl, posted Apr 15, 2018
I had decided to take my toddler for a big walk around the block on his push bike thing. Beautiful day for it. So beautiful I extended our walk and went a way I don't normally go. This is where I met Beverly, kneeling in her garden doing whatever it is those who love to garden do.
I smiled as I passed and said "Good Morning". Hearing this she sprung up, looked at my toddler and I with the biggest smile on her face and started a conversation. Many times I could have ended it. Said we had to go and kept waking. But I didn't.
As I looked into her 80 something year old eyes I could see the joy my toddler and I were bringing her. So I stayed. I listened. And when it was time to go walked away feeling so damn good about myself.
I've come a long way.
In the past, I avoided conversations with strangers, I was always in a hurry to be somewhere or go somewhere. It was always about me. Never them. And I must be honest, some days I'm still like that. But the days I'm not, the days when I can brighten another's day just by stopping, those are my favorites. ♥