The children were amazing through the whole day, but by the end of our Costco experience (and it was an experience: think Memorial Day), the baby had started to fuss, so Jackie put him in a sling.
We checked out and proceeded to exit the building, with all three shopping carts in tow. It was also raining...as in, downpour. As we made our way through the parking lot, we resembled a train. I pushed my cart, and reached behind me for one of Jackie's, which she also pushed, and then reached behind for her second. Meanwhile, the baby was in the sling, and the cutie-patootie little girl walked close by.
Right as we reached Jackie's van, a gentlemen from somewhere in the parking lot ran up to us with an umbrella! He came out of nowhere, and held the umbrella over my head. After I got into the van with the children, he held it for Jackie to put away the groceries. Neither of us knew him, but that didn't stop him from offering his help. It was such a refreshing experience and a combination of MN Nice and old-fashioned chivalry.
|I love this picture of Prince William|
holding an umbrella over his wife
while in New Zealand.
But that's when the second act of chivalry happened.
As I was standing there, a gentleman ahead of me quietly moved all his items out of the child seat area of his cart, into the basket, and then invited me to set down my load until it was my turn to pay. He didn't say anything else, or try to strike up a conversation. We simply moved forward in line. After he placed all his items on the conveyor belt, he put a separating bar down, and then put the bakery items next. I said thank you, and he nodded. And then he paid for his items and left.
By the time Jackie and I pulled out of the parking lot, it had stopped raining. As we drove home, I continued to think about those gentlemen who had done such simple acts of kindness. Their thoughtfulness went a long way in easing our burdens and lifting my spirits. It has made me conscious of looking for ways to help others in simple, day-to-day activities, too. Often, those are the most impactful.
Your Turn: Has a stranger ever done an act of kindness for you? What have you done to ease the burden of someone else? I'd love to hear some stories.
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