The Kindest Thing.

Today’s post is inspired by an article about a tweet in which Twitter user @Nicole_Cliffe asked: What was the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you?

What a great question! The answers really touched my heart!

People! The world might be a dumpster fire but people, we are NOT. We CAN be awesome. There were so many wonderful acts of kindness and bravery and creativity in showing love and caring. Oh it did my heart so good! Go have a read!

Do you have a favourite? Mine is the one about a person having a panic attack and some other person’s service dog approaching them to lay their head on their laps for 20 mins until they felt better. Be still my heart! I love dogs. We don’t deserve them ❤

I’m so curious now! There must be thousand and thousands of beautiful stories out there! So please, wont you play along too?!

Here is mine!

My Hubs and I were young parents with one child and thought it’d be fun to take our boy to Harrison Lake for the day. Harrison Lake is in BC and while the lake itself is frickin’ huge and deep and windy, it also has a little shallow lagoon that’s just perfect for three year olds to play in in relative safety if you keep your eye on them.

Well. You know how bad things can happen in the blink of an eye? That is what happened to me.

I stepped two steps away from my son, playing at the waters edge, and turned to look to see where my Hubs was. Just a backwards glance. When I turned back, my boy was face down in the water. I froze in shock, completely horrified. It was like I was being held in place by an invisible force-fear- and I was completely powerless against it, no matter how hard I sought to run to him.

Lucky for me -and him- a young man saw it too and raced for him, plucking him up gasping and choking and then thankfully crying and coughing and brought him to me.

“You need to be more careful” He says to me, not unkindly. I grabbed my boy from him, and soothed him, heart racing as I said to my new BFF, ” You are SO right. Thank you!”

And strangely, that was that. The young man went his way, we went our way. Both of us probably feeling a bit stunned…and one of us much wiser.

My son was fine in the end but I was a wreck for years after…even now I’m hyper aware and I’m sure I annoy everyone with my safety talks and anxious vigilance. But whatever! I know perfectly well how quick these tragedies can happen. We were so LUCKY that young man was there and that he was able to react the way he did, others are not. I will never, ever let that gift go wasted ❤

Ok. Your turn! Tell me your story!

What’s the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?

6 thoughts on “The Kindest Thing.

  1. I had to think about this one. It was 1977 and we were in Dublin on our honeymoon and had been told not to trust anyone coming up to us. One day, we were driving around the city and the car got a flat tire. I pulled over and puzzled how to handle the issue with a strange car, when a young man in a leather jacket pulled up on his motorcycle. I went into the Do Not Trust Mode. But I need not have worried. He found the jack and spare tire, jacked up the car, changed the tire and stowed the rest and was one before I could say a proper thanks. Just goes to show, do not judge a book by its cover or a motorcycle rider by his leather. Allan

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  2. I love your story about the quick-thinking stranger who took your baby out of the water. I don’t think you should blame yourself for briefly looking away; it’s something we all do.

    The kind stranger story that comes to my mind occurred when my husband was in hospital long-term in Calgary and our home was in Red Deer. I had been repeatedly driving back and forth while also working full time and taking care of our two teenagers. Needless to say, I was exhausted. Once, while driving home I started to fall asleep at the wheel. I knew I wouldn’t make it the whole way home, so I pulled into a roadside parking area at the top of a hill. I fell asleep for a while and when I woke up there was a truck in front of me and a truck behind me. As I was gathering my wits, one of the truck drivers got out of his cab and come over to my car. As I rolled down my window he asked if I was ok. He said he was concerned about me. I was so grateful for his concern I almost cried! It seemed like the only affection I had had in months.

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    • 🙂 Thank you for that. That experience sure humbled me and really took the edge off my immature judgemental mama mind.

      Oh wow! That trucker. What a gem of a human being. ❤ That must have been such a hard time for you. Affection is so important. Especially during stressful times. I'm so glad he was there for you ❤

      Thanks so much for playing along!

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