In the month of October I will be linking up with other writers on Five Minute Friday for thirty-one days. Each day I will write about one word for five minutes. Here goes…
Often I find myself in the wee hours at the grocery store to miss the crowds. I also meet many people older than me, who move slower than me, and are mostly shorter than me. (Though I can’t claim I’m tall). It never fails but a little woman wants something on a top shelf and stands there as if she can ‘will it down.’
She doesn’t ask, or look around.
I’m not in a hurry and I try to make it my goal to always be aware of what goes on around me, or keep a sharp eye as I say. Normally I don’t approach strangers, but with older folks I feel comfortable.
“Can I help you get something?” I say.
There is always relief on the face, along with a smile.
“Why, yes. If you could just reach that jar…”
She will thank me as if I had given her the moon, and I will say in return, it was my pleasure.
Sometimes in this scary world we have to be brave and give a bit of peace to a stranger. If helping in a small way, giving a smile and telling someone to have a great day are all we need to put a smile on a face, we should do it. We never know what is going on in a person’s life.
It’s not hard to reach out. It doesn’t cost you anything to be kind, and it can make a huge difference to someone.