Stories of Kindness from Around the World

2-Liter Sodas, $2 and a 2-Year-Old


--by rnteach, posted Apr 16, 2018
I was walking into 7-11 after school to purchase a much-deserved large-gulp diet coke. I warily looked over the threesome walking in; one was an older man with many missing teeth; the little girl looked to be about 2, but her hair was a jumble, and her clothes a bit dirty. The younger man had many piercings, pants down to the butt, so many tattoos....kinda scary!

As I walked out, I saw that they walked out also, nothing in hand, although I saw them with two liter-pepsi's at the counter. "Excuse me," I said, "were you short?" "Yeah, forgot our card at home, but there's no worry." The younger man then showed me his tattoo of the little girl: "See, that's my sister, I take care of her."

The older man grinned his toothy grin, "We love her." I handed them $2. "Nah, nah, it's okay, we going be okay." I insisted. Yes, I'm on a tough budget, and the big gulp was a treat, but... "Enjoy your pepsi," I said as I drove away. Looking back in my rear-view mirror, I saw the younger man talking to the little girl. She waved to me.

Interesting...I stopped by the same 7-11 a week later, and there they were! The toothless man, pulled the little girl out, yes, hair still matted and face dirty...."Cassie...say hello to this nice lady." And now, I try to make excuses every day just to see them and give "Cassie" a little treat. And, yes,  it wasn't really about the $2, although that, at this point, is a huge treat for me!
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Readers Comments

terre wrote: A generous kindness!
melnotes wrote: Great story! Thank you :)
rnteach wrote: Interesting...I stopped by the same 7-11 a week later, and there they were! The toothless man, pulled the little girl out, yes, hair still matted and face dirty....Cassie...say hello to this nice lady. Alas, I try to make excuses every day just to see them and give "Cassie" a little treat. And, yes, Andi, it wasn't really about the $2, although that, at this point, is a huge treat for me!
KindMyst wrote: rnteach, this is a lovely story. Interesting family for sure and it looks they are also finding a liking for your presence. Thank you for sharing.
splain wrote: Lovely of you to do this. You connected with people who you felt were a little scary. you put that aside to show kindness. Good on you
leoladyc728 wrote: wonderful thing you did today. People may look scary but it doesn't mean they don't have love in their hearts.
xenahugs wrote: This is so lovely. Thank you for sharing with them.
rccrookston wrote: Thank you for sharing with them and sharing the story with us.
kjoyw wrote: True sharing!
savraj wrote: Very nice!!!

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