Thanks to the good samaritan strangers
December 29, 2005
I would like a moment to share a wonderful act of kindness that my family experienced on Monday, Dec. 26.My husband and I decided to go grocery shopping at Safeway, a hair-brain idea really, but with two small children, an extra adult sounded great to me. To no surprise there was not a single parking space in the main parking lot. So, we ended up parking on the side of the building where most employees park. We had our sights set on a shopping cart in the parking lot, knowing full well that it was going to be next to impossible to get one inside. Our shopping experience begins. Yes, it was madness, but we are locals and we knew what to anticipate – or so we thought. As we were standing in the check-out line, a family in front of us with four children of their own said, “Gosh your girls are so cute.” We said, “Thanks, we bought them at the buy one get one free sale.” Then they said, “So did we, but we loved ours so much we went back.” That was the extent of our conversation. I began unloading our food, whilst explaining to my 3-year-old daughter why she really did not need the giant helium balloon that said “Welcome Baby” on it. Meanwhile, my husband was containing our 14-month-old from pulling out magazines and reaching for gum and mints in the aisle. When the family left we said, “Goodbye.”Our cashier had a huge smile on his face and asked us if we knew the family. We both responded together, “Nope.” When our bill was finally rung up, the cashier said, “That family in front of you left you $100 to put toward your bill.” We didn’t know what to say. We hurried to get coats zipped and load the remaining bags in our cart, hoping that we would be able to catch them in the parking lot to express our gratitude. We were unsuccessful (how they loaded four kids in the car so fast we will never know). We desperately wanted to say thank you in person, but more importantly we want them to know their act of kindness has touched our hearts and we plan on reciprocating the kind gesture to a complete stranger. May we be reminded that any act of kindness will prove beneficial no matter how small. My husband and I are thankful to live in this beautiful piece of the world and to enjoy this wonderful community. We will never forget the kindness of strangers. We feel the least we could do was publicly express our gratitude in hopes of the strangers reading this.