A Small Gesture Meant a Great Deal
--by amer, posted Oct 31, 2011
This is just a short story but it really brought home to me how very small acts of kindness and even courtesy have bigger effects than we realise.
I have a bad back which flares up from time to time. Yesterday I was out walking while carrying shopping bags and my keys. My keys slipped from my hand and fell to the ground. The problem was that because of my back I couldn't bend down to get them. I was just thinking of how to get around this when two teenage girls came up beside me. Without even speaking to me, one of the girls just reached down, picked up my keys, handed them to me and went on her way.
While it was a small gesture and she couldn't have known that I was in too much pain to bend down, it meant a great deal to me at that moment.
I asked her if she'd like to sit in my truck and get warm, while we figured out what to do.
She was very hesitant at first, but she did. When she got into my truck i could tell she was ill. She had just lost her husband a few months ago.
The heroes though, in this story, are the firemen. Nothing was more heartening to see than a huge, red firetruck, all bright and shiny. Even in that dark night it gleamed. And it was full of a young men, all in uniform, polite, and caring. Within a minute or less they had her truck unlocked, her keys retrieved and offered to assist her further.
I stayed with her until they said she was all squared away and they'd take it from there. I hugged her goodnight and wished her the best.