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Thread: The kindness of strangers

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    Reminds me of the bible verse--"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." Hebrews 13:2

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    Its always nice to hear of someone going out of their way to do an act of kindness for a stranger....nice story, thanks for sharing.

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    Heard this one time and I haven't forgotten it:
    There are no strangers in this world, just a lot of friends I haven't met.I think your story supports that saying.

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    Heard this one time and I haven't forgotten it:
    There are no strangers in this world, just a lot of friends I haven't met.I think your story supports that saying.

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    That is a wonderful story. There are kind people out there.

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    I have to tell you my story. In 2002 my dad was lost in Las Vegas. He couldn't find his car. Once he called me I phoned the manager of his seedy motel (right across from the Stratusphere (sp). They kept him though he wasn't paying his bill. Called the IHOP nearby and they were feeding him w/o bill being paid. Gave them all my credit card and was on my way. I did go to the management of both with boxes of candy to say thank the staff for their kindness. But the point is, it was Las Vegas. They heard every sad story from people but they were compassionate to my dad.They didn't have to. It still amazes me when I think of it. He wasn't there gambling, it was business but he was run down and dementia was having its was with him, which was the beginning of our awareness of his situation.

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    I am a strong believer in paying it forward. Somethimes the smallest act of kindness can make the day of someone who may be on the edge.
    That was a wonderful thing that young man did for you and unknowingly he helped to easy your mind from a serious event, if only for a moment.
    I'm glad to hear your mom is doing well.

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    Just imagine what our world would be like if everyone practised "random acts of kindness".

    Thank you all for reaffirming my belief in people!

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    Wonderful story, and so glad to hear your mom is doing great!

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    Yes, human kindness is still around, sometimes in the most unsuspected places!

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    gave me goosebumps, too

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    I've been helped a lot in my life from strangers, and tried to help others to pay it forwards.

    But this bit of kindness was way over the top of anything I'd ever seen before. I was a single mom of two little girls aged 3 and 4 or so, traveling from CA to Texas to have them meet their GParents for the first time. Car was old but in fairly good condition, yet it stalled after dark on one of those dark roads down in Southern CA near some huge deserted lake. No one would stop..except for an old black man. This was in the early 60s, I refused his help, so he understood and went away. Shortly after he came back with his wife who acted like my Grandmother, ordered me and the kids (and my Dobe whom I had brought along as protection) into her car and took us home. She fed us, ordered the dog to go out back for a while and fed her too!! By the time her DH returned with my repaired car my kids almost refused to leave, and the dog looked like she would stay too if allowed. Mamma gave us a big Corning ware pot of stew, and flatly refused any money at all. Said that God would pay them back.
    And to my utter shame I lost their name and address and never could return their pot or any money to pay them for their goodness that night. On the way home I drove around a lot in that area but never found them again.
    And that car never did give me any more trouble for the rest of the time I owned it!!!

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    Thank you for sharing your story. Never know when you might see an angel unaware.

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    Glad your Mom is doing better. My FIL is in Hospice. I have things (crochet, material, etc) in the van to work on but can't do it. My hands aren't the steadiest. My SIL has an ipad to play games on to pass time and we talk about different trips that MIL and FIL took alone and with their gkids, all the years swimming at their pool, etc. I feel guilty for laughing at some of the silly stories while he is laying there. I feel guilty for eating while he snoozes - asleep for 3 days now. Is this normal to feel this way? I want to be there for my husband.

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    I'm so glad your Mom is better, what a wonderful young man, his mother would be proud.

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    There still are wonderful people out there. Somedays you have to wonder!!!

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    Beautiful story. It sure serves as a good reminder to be nice to others. Glad your mom is doing better too!

    Mary

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    Isn't it nice when someone goes out of their way to be nice. One time when we were vacationing at our place at the river, my dog needed to be de-matted big time. I did not have any cornstarch to help with the matts so I sent DD to the local market. They had no cornstarch for sale, but the lady went into her house & brought out her personal stash & gave it to her, no charge, no worries. I just LOVE folks like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharonsews
    Glad your Mom is doing better. My FIL is in Hospice. I have things (crochet, material, etc) in the van to work on but can't do it. My hands aren't the steadiest. My SIL has an ipad to play games on to pass time and we talk about different trips that MIL and FIL took alone and with their gkids, all the years swimming at their pool, etc. I feel guilty for laughing at some of the silly stories while he is laying there. I feel guilty for eating while he snoozes - asleep for 3 days now. Is this normal to feel this way? I want to be there for my husband.
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    No, don't feel bad about laughing or talking about memories. I'm told that the last body ability to be lost is hearing, so it's very possible that your FIL can hear you, even though he can not respond. Keep telling him you love him and every now and then send a comment to him. That will send him home with love in his heart.

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    All these stories are so heartwarming. I always try to greet people with a friendly smile and hello. Sometimes they respond and sometimes not. It doesn't deter me, I continue to do it.

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    Thank you for sharing!

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    today I told a clerk "thank you for helping me", and she started to cry...... I asked if she was ok,,and she replied." I have had such a heavy heart today, thank you for being so kind to thank me. It always is good to cheer somebody up,,,,, PIF.....

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    I'm a cashier in a local grocery store. I always keep a couple dollars worth of change in my pocket in case a customer is a few pennies short -- I can help. I've been in the same spot many times in the past. I had no idea how much people, especially the elderly who are on very limited budget, are so thankful for those few pennies. I would rather do withput a soda or candy bar if it helps them with their grocery bill.

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    So glad your mom is doing well.

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    I have never told anyone this, not even my husband. As the grocery store, the woman in front of me asked how much and started looking thru her groceries. I just watched for a moment and the cashier looked at me apologetically when I realized she was putting something back. Then I asked how much and it was one stinking dollar. I handed it to her and she didn't want to take it at first but eventually did. One dollar, such fuss to me. One dollar, so much to her. She apologized and thanked me out the door. I felt so good and still do when I think about what one dollar meant to her.

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