Stories of Kindness from Around the World

My Best Smile Card Day Ever

--by trueblue, posted Dec 13, 2012

For quite a while now, I have been looking for someone very special to give my very last smile card to. Well, today, I had to go into town for an art exhibition that I had entered a piece in. Since it is winter here, I have not ventured out of the house very much at all. So today I thought i would treat myself to lunch-- something I haven't done in ages! I walked around for a long time downtown, looking at all the glowing options like a child in a toy shop. It was really hard to decide what to eat!

Finally, I settled on some Thai food, from a buffet-type place. When I sat down, I noticed a man walk by and sit down a few tables away from me. He had a small dish of yogurt, which he ate quickly, scraping the sides of the dish to get it all out. There was not much of a trace of it when he was done. As my eyes met his, I saw a sad, lonely man with dirty, disheveled hair. He had dirt on his coat and pants, obviously from sleeping outside. I was pretty sure he was homeless.

I looked at my food and felt terrible that I had this full plate of food and he had nothing, not even a hint of a smile on his face. I went over and asked him if he was hungry. When he heard me, he turned and nodded to me. Then he gestured that he had no money.

He saw me reach into my pocket and I said follow me. In a flash, he was behind me. I paid for another plate of food that allowed him to pick anything he wanted. His plate was piled high when he sat back down at his table. I loved sitting there and watching him every so often, while he carefully enjoyed his mung beans and other chosen ingredients.

When I was finished eating, I remembered the smile card that I had been saving. On my way out, I gladly passed it to him. After all, no one was more deserving of it today but him. He did not look up when I said have a good day and placed the card in front of him, but he clearly said "Thank you."

As I walked away, I hoped with all of my heart that my last smile card had brought a smile to this worn down man's face. I hoped that, one day in his future, he would also have the opportunity to pass the card on. I guess I was meant to meet this hungry soul today and I felt blessed to have been able to help him in some small way.

After lunch, I went on to see how my art work had done in the exhibition and found out that I had won second place. I will never forget this day!

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Readers Comments

Laney wrote: I was moved by your story. Bless you! Good deed is the most beautiful thing.
thaata wrote: Bless your heart which went out of way to help a needy and hungry person. One may not try to eradicate hunger but can bring a smile on a hungry person.
jaederque wrote: Beautiful story. Taking time to extend kindness and love. Thanks. I needed that(:
carpediem wrote: So lovely. So touching.

Bless you!
AURELIA wrote: You followed your heart and he was blessed. Thank you for not being afraid to approach someone 'different'. Your kindness will stay with him always. Your memories of how it made you feel will stay with you always. :0) you both win! :) smiles are contagious. ~aurelia
GraceA wrote: God bless thats a wonderful story.
Elitia_smiles wrote: This made me cry and smile at the same time. Lovely people like you make the world go round. Peace x
Vallabhi wrote: What a wonderful gesture. That was really nice of you, thank you for sharing.

Take care :)
vikram jain wrote: Good deed shall not go unrewarded
In heaven they all are written down
So when life books are open
Good will receive the crown
trueblue wrote: Thank you so much for you beautiful comments. About a week or so later i completed an artwork. Because he had touched my soul that day too.

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