The Kindness of Strangers
We all have those mornings that just don’t go the way you planned them. I recently had one where nothing I did went right. But to my surprise two people I encountered that morning made me feel so much happier because of their kindness.
My mornings normally go like this: Up around 5 a.m., if not earlier, to take the dogs out and feed and water them; make coffee; hit the shower; get myself ready for the day ahead; talk to my amazing husband; and head off to the office or wherever I need to be that morning.
This particular morning, I woke up and took the dogs out when our new puppy decided to run from me. I took off after her and, bam, down I went, flat on my back. Mind you, I live out in the country where it’s pitch black out. My husband hears almost nothing when he sleeps. So, I’m lying there for a few seconds, with two of our dogs (Rotis and Guinness) staring down at me, seemingly asking, “What the heck Mom? Why are you rolling around on the ground?”
I looked up at them and wanted to say, “Because I want to make sure nothing is broken.” But I got myself up and our puppy came back, only to take off again. Well, I was standing in the middle of my driveway with flashlights, looking for her, when I heard snorting coming from the wood line.
That’s all the dogs needed to hear. They took off running into the woods to see what was making the noise. Meanwhile, I’m still looking for the puppy, Riley Sue. I finally gathered them all up and headed back into the house. Then I went through my morning routine as fast as I could, so I could get out the door on time, which I did.
Well, the morning was extremely foggy, and I was having a hard time seeing in the distance. Then, when the fog lifted, I noticed I’d put two of the same strength contacts in each of my eyes. I could read and see my computer better than ever, but seeing in the distance… Let’s just say it was going to be sketchy for the rest of the day.
Well, I got to the end of our lane and found a tractor trailer in the middle of the road with its flashers on. An escort car was helping him do whatever needed done.
Once we started to move, I headed out to pick up an order for the office. I was loading my car and hit my worst knee on the tailgate, which hurt like the dickens and brought tears to my eyes. I got back into my car looking to take a sip of my coffee — only to find I’d already drank it all. I said, “Oh my stars, Lord please help me help me this morning!”
I headed off to McDonald’s to get coffee. Mind you, I’m feeling down — only to hear the most pleasant, happiest voice come over the speaker to take my order.
I got up to the window and must have had that “I’m so over today” look on my face. The girl at the window looked at me and asked, “Bad morning?” I looked at her and apologized for my facial expression.
Then she said to me, “I want you to know I love the way you do your hair and makeup. You look amazing this morning, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.” I thanked her and told her I hope she has a wonderful day too.
So, I went to the next window to pick up my coffee with a little smile on my face. That lady opened the window to hand me my coffee and said, “I love the way your nail polish and lipstick match. You got it all together.” I thanked her and told her to have a wonderful day.
I thanked God for those two amazing people and asked Him to bless them the way He did me that morning. Kindness counts!!
I don’t know if those two say things like that to everyone in the mornings, but does it really matter? All that matters is those two wonderful ladies are making the morning brighter for everyone who hits their drive-through windows in the morning.