The Kindness of Strangers

This winter, Mrs. Curmudgeon lost a glove.  No, actually, she lost a mitten, because she’s one of those people who wears mittens.  A few weeks after she lost the mitten, and a week or so after she purchased a new pair, Mr. and Mrs. Curmudgeon were walking their dog at around 10:00 one night when Mrs. Curmudgeon spotted the lost mitten:  someone had found it on the sidewalk, picked it up, and stuck it on the top of a vertical post on the black metal fence surrounding the play fields of one of three schools within a three-minute walk of their home.

It was a miracle, borne of the kindness of strangers.  Someone saw a single glove on the ground and instead of ignoring it or even throwing it away, decided to make it visible in the hope that the owner would see it – and the owner did.

As we used to say in Mr. McCoy’s Latin class, “Mirabile dictu!”

Flash forward several months and Mrs. Curmudgeon, who lives close enough to her office to walk to work most days, realized that she failed to bring home the insulated bag she uses several times a week to take her lunch to work.  She assumed she left it in her office and made a mental note to look for it the following day.

Blanche DuBois was right. Who knew?

She didn’t find it the following day.  That night, though, again around 10:00 at night, Mr. and Mrs. Curmudgeon were again walking the dog when, just across the main road from the same school, there sat the insulated bag atop a tree stump.  Once again, a stranger had noticed the bag lying on the sidewalk and, in an attempt to make sure the owner might see it, set it atop a tree stump where it would be highly visible.

Once again, the kindness of strangers.  How…refreshing!

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  •  On July 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I got a big smile while reading this today. Thanks. I have been depressed by the waves of bad news constantly slapping me. Today reminded me that everyone is not a scumbag. lol

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On July 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Yes, it’s nice when we occasionally get some good news, isn’t it? It’s in awfully short supply these days.

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