Stories of Kindness from Around the World

You Changed My Life

--by inspiringstories, posted Jul 28, 2008

My husband and I are lucky to have landed together in a new country just a month ago. We were sort of afraid about what's in store for us. When we landed at the airport, a tall man with smiling eyes greeted us.

The days and months were somehow made easy for us by this kind man. He greeted us everyday with his smiling face. He accompanied us in going to the bank, in buying our groceries, in telling us where to buy paint, where the coffee shop is, where to have key duplication, where to buy almost everything. He told us he is our big brother.

Twice, we watched the match in a coffee shop. During the first get together, we saw how his eyes beamed in happiness. He told us that we're lucky - my husband and I are together in this foreign land.  He said he has been lonely for eight years now because he rarely sees his family, as they are in his home country.

During the second get together, he told us that we are his family. He said that he loves us and that he will miss us because he's going back to his home country for a vacation for 1.5 months.  That night, he uttered these words which created a great impact in my life: "You changed my life..."

As my husband and I went home that night, we almost could not believe what we heard. Deep in our hearts, we were touched by our friend's words. We texted him upon reaching home, thanking him for being a Big Brother to us in the foreign land. We told him as well that we feel safe in going out when we are with him, to which he replied, "You are my family here."

On the first week of October, we're going to see him again. We'll watch the football match again in that coffee shop that holds dear memories.

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Readers Comments

BedBug wrote: How wonderful that you and your friend have realize that "family" is not defined by shared blood but rather by shared memories and shared love for one another. You are blessed.
lollytw wrote: Absolutely warms my heart. Thanks for sharing this!
Bosco Gunaseelan wrote: I learnt two lessons from this experience: 1) Lots of good people are everywhere in the world. 2) All must learn to trust others like you.
All the best, very good experience. Thank you.
Olamina wrote: Thank you for sharing your story and your encounter in another country with one of the many spirit beings occuping the planet. We attract what we put out into the world, at least that's been my experience.
Caratyzna wrote: My family has recently had a similar experience with the landlords of our new business. People don't always realize the effect they can have on others lives, but helping someone who feels stranded has to be one of the best ways to be kind.
nancymz wrote: that was a wonderful story, thanks for sharing.
maer wrote: Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful story. It brightened my day for sure!
Moheed wrote: It's indeed luck and grace of almight that made you get a good friend/ family member in a foreign land, may god always has his blessing on you and your family
TonganTigress wrote: a friendly face
a warm beautiful smile
makes a person feel welcome
at ease
an international language
that passes through culture/ethnicity
all differences
in this case
its forged a friendship
becoming family
that will last a lifetime
how refreshing
to read this story
it touches my heart and soul
peace love and light

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