We were grocery shopping yesterday and the African-American women in front of us had a cart chock full of groceries. We were patient and I was just looking around, you know how you do, but not really focusing on anything.
The lady paid for her items. I did notice that she handed the clerk some cash, and left. The clerk said to us just before she started ringing up our purchases that the lady had given her $30 to help pay for our bill.
“What? I thought” and as it sunk in, the women was gone, and I couldn’t thank her and give her back the money, because I didn’t need it. But that really isn’t the point, is it?
We had been the recipients of a random act of kindness from a total stranger. Nothing like that has ever happened to me. I didn’t need the money and could not bring myself to spend it. I have given it to someone who really did need it.
What meant so much to me was the joy of being on the receiving end of someone’s generosity with no attachment to the act. It made my day! In this complicated world, there are still people who operate from the goodness of their hearts. Who want to lift up others. To that lady, whoever she is, Thank You! I will never forget your kindness.
Joan Bennett, American Canyon