Let’s not miss the kind­ness all around us

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

The most amaz­ing kind­ness that I can ever re­mem­ber hap­pened to me re­cently when I was out for lunch with friends.

My dear friend, Jes­sica, her four-year-old daugh­ter and I de­cided we would en­joy a ham­burger, so af­ter gro­cery shop­ping we went to Mcdon­alds. When we ar­rived, we dis­cov­ered we had piled the gro­ceries in the car on top of my walker. In­stead of tak­ing all the gro­ceries out, I de­cided to try walk­ing with­out it.

As I was strug­gling to get out of the car, three or four young men walked by, smil­ing at us. A few sec­onds later, one of them came back, put his left arm around my shoul­der and, tak­ing me by the right hand, he helped me into Mcdon­alds.

Af­ter help­ing me with my coat and seat­ing me, he again put his arm around my shoul­der and his right hand on my right cheek, then bend­ing over he said, “My grand­mother is about your age,” and gen­tly kissed my left cheek be­fore qui­etly walk­ing away.

Then I got think­ing about acts of kind­ness and re­al­ized that my friend Jes­sica has been more than just kind to me. She is a wife, a mother and also works out­side the home, but still finds time to come and take me gro­cery shop­ping.

As we live our day to day lives, let us re­mem­ber not just the ran­dom acts of kind­ness, but the kind­ness that might be right in front of us, lest we take that for granted.

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