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Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Kindness of Others

My mom has a simple necklace of assorted agate beads that I made her many years ago. She loves that necklace, and wears it often. In fact, she wears it so much that it's broken twice. Each time I fix it (but I'm beginning to wonder if the fault lies in my fixing abilities!)

The second time it broke (recently) she was standing in the post office. She said it was amazing to see how many kind and helpful people went scrambling about, hunting down the beads for her, until every last one was retrieved. When she had finally gathered everything up, she thanked everyone and went home.

Yesterday, she got a lumpy package in the mail which she wasn't expecting. "Looks like someone sent me anthrax," she said to Dad (our family has a quirky sense of humor at times). She ripped it open, and found inside... another missing bead. Someone at the post office had apparently found it, got her address off one of the packages she'd been sending, and popped it in the mail.

What a pleasant surprise! It's reassuring to realize that there still are times when we are blessed by the kindness of others.

9 comments:

anchovy said...

...and it's reassuring we can still laugh about the receiving mystery packages in the mail! Precious story.

A friend of mine lost a ring which her brother (passed away long ago) had given her. I recently cleaned the ring and can attest that it looks like something someone made in a high school shop class. Well, she loved the thing so when she asked me "do you think it was real gold," all I could bring myself to say is "it wasn't an expensive ring." But it was precious.

(Thank you for the add.)

Nihilistic said...

Its too bad that things like this aren't the norm in life...

Senor Caiman said...

Saur,

I can relate. I pattern my life after the "Fred Factor".

Badoozie said...

obviously a kindness conspiracy......they want something from her...or they think she's a secret shopper....or they might be looking for their next good worker, or or or

EmmaSometimes said...

wow...that's not the norm anymore now is it? I sure wish it was..and glad your mum was able to get it all back.

js said...

Well I think that most folks are nice. It is hard to imagine someone sent here the peices though. Thats a good thing.
I like to hear folks do good things now and then usually all you think/see/hear about folks that are assheads.
jsull

Herb said...

The world is full of nice people.

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Yes. I too saw the news at 5am.

From what I hear, the execution should take place within a week, even including his time for appeals.

KristieD said...

It is too bad that that sort of behavior is the exception and not the norm these days. I personally try to be as nice and as courteous to others as I can, and I am amazed at how many people will just keep walking by instead of stopping to help. But i also believe in Karma, what goes around comes around. I have received assistance when it was not expected. Once in the longest line ever at the Tag place with Logan when he was only a few months old, a nice older man helped me to carry my things thru the whole line. He carry my diaper bag for a bit and eventually even my son for a minute so I could get my wallet out. (it was so crowded in there, i wasnt worried he would take off with the boy as there was barely standing room in the place, we could barely move). Everyone else watched me fumble with my stuff and try to keep the baby from screaming. This man went ahead a helped me out and it made the hour i had to spend in the place bearable. Kindness still exists, but not as much as it should.