Every now & again, we are reminded of the random acts of kindness of strangers.
My run to Costco this morning included picking up 10 over sized cases of water for an upcoming cycling event, our annual Ride4UnitedWay . If you live in the GTA area, you should check it out! It’s a fantastic day on the bike!
After loading the cases of water into my cart (in heels & a dress), it took a bit of a shove to get the cart moving.
Similar to a roller coaster gaining momentum, once I got rolling, there was no stopping me. Weaving my way through apparent starving Costco customers haphazardly making their way to food samples, I safely maneuvered myself to the cash without taking anyone out.
I even managed to grab a 4 cheese perogi on my way! Impressive, right?
Approaching the receipt checking security lady, she nicely asked if I needed assistance loading my wares into my car but in true stubborn, “I can do it myself” form, I politely declined.
Confession – I am not very good at asking for help!
As I pushed my loaded down cart full of water out into the 5000 degree heat wave that seems to never end here this summer, I began to second guess my decision to decline a bit of muscle.
Rolling across the parking lot, I then started chastising myself for being so damn independent. Whether it was the fact that I was talking to myself or the fact that I was breaking into a sweat just thinking about unloading the cases, I heard a voice say, “would you like some help loading those into your car?”
A good Samaritan & his son took pity on me, transferring all 10 cases into my trunk. It was probably the fact that I was wearing heels & they were having a “what was she thinking?” moment but regardless, I was not going to decline help twice!
Sweat rolling down their faces, I sincerely thanked them for their random kindness, making a mental note in my air conditioned car to ensure I pay that kindness forward today.
So my friends, it appears chivalry is not dead, nor is the kindness of strangers. We just don’t hear about it often enough.
Wishing you a happy day!