The Duty of Kindness to Strangers

Came across this post on Aleya’s blog and felt compelled to reblog it. Well said, and much needed.

A Leaf in Springtime

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One quiet summer afternoon, several years ago, when my son was three years old, we went to the local neighbourhood library. There he played happily with a huge pirate ship set out on a low table filled with colourful blocks and wooden puzzles at the children’s section.

Soon a little girl his age came along and as they played side by side, my young child turned and gave her a hug as a sign of his affection and friendship. The little girl froze and let out a piercing scream. Stunned, my son stumbled back, his little face quivering with confusion as he battled with his own tears.

Helpless, I looked to the little girl’s mother who was nearby, hoping that she would reassure her screaming child nothing untoward had happened. Instead, the mother simply turned towards me and declared, “I have taught my child that no stranger should ever touch…

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About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, traveler, runner, grandma, Mormon, Missionary
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6 Responses to The Duty of Kindness to Strangers

  1. No, there is nothing calming about a curb. If I understand your theme you are traveling around the world and introducing us to international traffic signs that begin with the different letters of the alphabet? Am I close? That’s a unique theme. I tend to hit curbs with my wheel or tire a little too often, LOL. So, sometimes they get in my way. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Gail says:

      Close! I am living in the UK for two years and studying to take the British driving test! As I slog through the manual of the code, the signs and prep for the tests, I wanted to share my newfound knowledge and pain with you all! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. kbeezyisviral says:

    I’m kind to everyone because you never know how you can uplift somebodies day with your actions.

    • Gail says:

      This post has really touched some hearts. It motivates me to want to do more to ease others’ burdens.

      • kbeezyisviral says:

        I’m glad it has touched hearts, penetrated barriers, and made things brighter. I’m happy it has motivated you to try harder and keep going.

        Ladies Prism is coming May 15th. Scotian Breeze is the movement empowering the lives of others. Treasure Words, Collect Figures is the publishing taking over the industry.

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