Kindness in the Least Expected

My heart sank when I reach the supermarket line-up and realize that I left my purse in the car (I hoped it was in the car). I pass around the line-up and head for the customer service counter to pull my kids out of the cart and let a staff member know the situation. A kind customer service lady pushs my cart off to the side and tells me not to worry.

My two-year-old wants me to hold her. So I hold her while grasping my purse and four-year-old as we trudge through the parking lot in the snow. I berate myself for being so distracted. At this very moment my sister is going through surgery. My best friend, outside of my husband, is going through a major surgery and I can’t be there until later. She has survived cancer before and if this is it again, I know we will get through it.

We reach my car as I click the auto un-lock button, I open the passenger door. Relief washes over me like a calm seaside. It is there. I zip it open to reveal that it is all there. My heart  beats again. We turn around to go back into the store. I reach our cart and pack them back in. I can’t get around because of the crowds that have since arrives getting last minute Christmas groceries. All I want to do is cry.

And then a warm staff member appears and pulls my cart around to a lane she opened to help me. The lady that helped us before is there to help unload our cart so I could hold my sleepy two-year-old.

 I cannot thank them enough. In a day of dark and gloom, their above and beyond kindness made me smile for the first time in a long time. They pack up my cart and get a bagger to help me out to my car.

I place the kids snug in their car seats. I sit and belt myself. I pause at the ignition, stunned. Without looking, kindness found me.  Happy tears fill my eyes as I start the car and pull onward to home.  Those two lovely ladies made my morning a little brighter. Plus I found out they are moms. Moms helping other moms. A delightful Christmas gift.

PS. I did let their boss know.

There may be grammar errors on this post. I just needed to get this out.

4 thoughts on “Kindness in the Least Expected

  1. This made me teary. The kindness of strangers finds us at
    the most unexpected times, when we need it most. Many times I’ve
    been at the end of my rope and you have reached out to me on
    Twitter, making me smile. Thinking happy thoughts of you, your
    family, and your sister. Let me know if you ever need anything.


  2. The kindness of strangers is your guardian angels letting
    you know they are with you and all will be fine. This is a
    wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing. Thinking of you during this
    holiday season and all the best for 2011.


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