They just seemed to appear. I did not know their names. It was a gentle touch or a kind word. It may have been only a small gesture to them although it made a big impact in my day and in my life.
The tow truck driver who came to the rescue when my car broke down on a busy highway, smoke coming out of the hood of my car. I had two very young girls with me, one who made sure her precious “Mr. Bear” was tossed out of the car first, saved from certain peril. While transporting the three of us and our vehicle to the garage, this kind man first stopped to buy the girls treats, snacks and drinks. He turned a stressful day into a fun adventure, especially for these two little girls.
The lady sitting next to us at the Michael Jackson 3D show. Many hours of nonstop amusement park rides resulted in our 7 year old having an upset stomach. To our little girl’s embarrassment, she became ill on the lady sitting beside us. This very kind lady discretely joined us in the bathroom to tidy herself and help us. She was thoughtful and concerned. She helped turn an awkward, embarrassing moment into something minor and now it is a funny story we continue to share.
The lady that seemed to appear out of nowhere when I had a meltdown in the school washroom and I could not stop crying. It was the first trimester of an intensive school year. I was overwhelmed with the demands of school work, homework, lack of sleep and raising a young family. No words were exchanged. She stopped and gave me a big hug. I will never forget that hug and how it made me feel. I could now pick myself up and go on with my day, my morale bolstered by that spontaneous act of love from someone I had never met before and whose name I will never know.
Many strangers have made a difference in my life. Their acts of kindness have strengthened and renewed my spirit, oftentimes when I needed it the most.
Since I cannot go back in time, I can thank them by remembering, sharing and paying it forward. Hopefully, I will make the difference in someone’s day and ultimately in their life.