Stories of Kindness from Around the World

An Unforgettable Breakfast at McDonalds

--by tracey, posted Jun 28, 2009
This was a story I wanted to share with you, from a woman who helps the homeless.

I am a mother of three and have recently completed my college degree.  The last class I had to take was Sociology.  The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.  Her last project of the term was called, 'Smile.'  The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.  I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald's one crisp March morning.  It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.  We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away including my husband.  I did not move an inch, while an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.

As I turned around I smelled a horrible body odour and saw two poor homeless men standing behind me.  As I looked at the short gentleman closest to me, he was 'smiling'.  His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of hope as he searched for acceptance.  He said, "Good day," as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.  The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.  The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.  He said, "Coffee is all Miss," because that was all they could afford. After all, if  they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something and they just wanted to be warm.

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.  That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.  I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.  I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot.

I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.  He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Thank you."  I leaned over and patted his hand.  I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat
down my husband smiled at me and said, "That is why you are part of my life honey, to give me hope."  We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that because of the good fortune that we had been given were we able to give.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class with this story in hand.  I turned in 'my project' and the instructor read it.  Then she looked up at me and said, "Can I share this?"  I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.  She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings share this need to heal people and to be healed.

In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald's, my son, instructor and every soul that heard the story in the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.  But, I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn.
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Readers Comments

Rajni wrote: Your beautiful soul did a wonderful job.

I think, it is the same of the society and government as well that created homeless people who even can not afford personal care like simple clothing and bath.

May others get inspired to behave nicely with needy people.
K. Sheriff wrote: I read this so many years ago and kept a copy for myself to share. I am working on a book about dedicated to women. And this story popped by in my head. So i googled it to see whether i could find a name of the person who shared it and to ask if i could use your story to show just how god opens our hearts and uses us to bless unsuspecting people. I thank you for sharing. My heart will never be the same. Signed mamabear
Judith Gomez wrote: Can you give me an example of reflection paper about it?
Judith Gomez wrote: Can you give me example of reflection paper about it?
smita wrote: Gr8 work.

Val wrote: The version that i read is just a little different, but either way, it is a beautiful story and brought me to tears!

May you all enjoy this holiday season with love and kindness in your hearts and be an angel to those who are those less fortunate than us. We have all been blessed in so many ways! Thank you, heavenly father!

Different version:
I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, 'thank you. ' i leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'i did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope. '

Different version:
In my own way i had touched the people at mcdonald's, my son, the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night i spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons i would ever learn: unconditional acceptance.
Janice Belk wrote: I would love a copy of this for oour sunday school class. Where do i click to print it?
bookworm58 wrote: This story is heartwarming. Such a simple act of kindness to buy breakfast for two homeless men. They will remember your kindness too.
More people should help others so the hungry will be fed. So glad you shared it with us.
RMB333 wrote: Oh! What a beautiful story! As I read, my heart feels all the emotions ... kindness, compassion,sadness,happiness,every thing! No words can explain the inner happiness you have given by sharing this story. Thanks a million and more ... immense & untold Blessings!
hotcocoa wrote: What you did has no words cause its an amazing act of kindnes.

May you be blessed, thanks for sharing this with us, truly thouching.

And by the way about your husband's phrase, there is a site givesmehope. Com :)
Hope you take a look at it.

God bless.

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