Monday, March 27, 2006

The kindness of strangers

Almost every day, I buy my lunch at the cafe in the dormitory across the street from my office. The man who runs it is one of those friendly, smiley people who will always say hello if he recognizes you. Last year when I was pregnant with Joseph, he always had a kind word for me - he'd ask me how I was feeling, or ask when I was due, or something nice like that.

When I returned to work after being out for a month after Joseph was born, I ran into this man while getting lunch during my first week back. Of course he wanted to know how the baby was...so I had to tell him. (I didn't get into it, I just said, "He was born May 26, but we lost him.") You could tell that he felt terrible; he told me that he was one of six children, and that he was born after his parents lost their first child at birth.

Today it's actually getting pretty warm here, so I didn't wear my coat when I went over to get lunch. The coat does a pretty good job of hiding the bump, but without it, you can see how big I'm really getting. So when I went to pay for my lunch, this same man was working the register, and he noticed how pregnant I was. And his face just lit up.

"Congratulations!" he said, and when I thanked him, he said softly, "I'm praying for you. Take it easy - I hope everything goes well."

I don't even know this man's name. He doesn't know mine. Knowing that someone who doesn't even know me is thinking about what happened and wishing me the best...that's a good feeling.

7 Comments:

At Monday, March 27, 2006 6:07:00 PM, Blogger Josefina said...

What a nice man, those kind of details can sure cheer up anyone!!!
I love it when those things happen (things involving "strangers" to say something nice, even a smile can do it)...

 
At Monday, March 27, 2006 7:57:00 PM, Blogger Lorem ipsum said...

How beautiful. How come there aren't more people like that in the world?

 
At Tuesday, March 28, 2006 2:21:00 AM, Blogger Mrs.X said...

It's amazing what a kind word or thoughtful gesture can do for a stranger. What a difference it can make in someone's day. I'm glad you ran into him.

 
At Tuesday, March 28, 2006 7:13:00 AM, Blogger the ockers said...

wow, what a sweet man. really nice to hear people saying things like that to strangers.

 
At Tuesday, March 28, 2006 3:14:00 PM, Blogger cat said...

Very sweet. It's those random acts of kindness that help so much.

 
At Tuesday, March 28, 2006 10:49:00 PM, Blogger lauralu said...

how nice that he gets it. may his tribe increase.

 
At Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:11:00 PM, Blogger sillyhummingbird said...

You know, I've been thinking a lot about your post. I really don't believe in coincidences, so how amazing that this man, a semi-stranger, has parents who lost a child at birth, something he obviously didn't need to tell you when you were pregnant with Joseph. Now, after all this time, you run into him again and not only does he congratulate you, he offers hope that people lose children and can go on to have living children. Not a coincidence, you know what I mean?

Anyway, how nice to be in someone's thoughts.

 

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