No Comfort Zone Challenge: Kindness Received

Yummy Lemon Meringue pieYesterday someone served me a piece of lemon meringue pie with a birthday candle in it. After she served it, she sang the Happy Birthday song (which I normally detest) but she sang it with the sweetest voice –  it was a genuine act of love. This gesture took me back to another time and place when someone else touched my world for a moment in time.

Years ago my husband and I took a cruise to Alaska. When we made port in Juneau, thousands of people were debarking to visit the city, kayak, take hikes, sight see, take photos, and fly fish and all those other wonderful activities.

Instead of being part of that crowd, we were exiting the ship with my husband on a gurney into a waiting ambulance. In a sea of thousands of people I stood alone. Then I heard a woman with a deep husky voice say to me, “It looks like you need a hug honey” and I was wrapped in an embrace that held me as if I were a wounded child. This hug triggered tears that were lodged in my throat so I could be strong. She told me everything would be ok and I hoped with all my heart that she was right.

The ambulance was waiting for me and the woman let me go and melted into the crowd.

That was the same feeling I received yesterday at the café. As she was singing to me, her kind eyes took me back to Juneau.

This brief moment in time was utterly lovely. It made me realize that we are all connected in ways we can’t imagine. We say kind words and make someone’s day. We acknowledge someone as they enter a room and their life becomes fuller. We sneer and that wounded feeling is remembered years later.

Kindness is easy to give, wonderful to receive and the feeling lasts a lifetime. Those sweet eyes and lovely song made my day.

Have you ever had an encounter like this? What was it like?

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30 thoughts on “No Comfort Zone Challenge: Kindness Received

  1. oh Marge…this brought tears to my eyes…What a bitter sweet memory to have risen. I know you send out these random acts of sweetness often, it’s in your lovely nature.

    happy birthday

    • Hi Steph, It was such an unexpected vibration that was emanating from this chance connection. And I had to look down to hide my wet eyes. Funny how the curtain of time is so easily lifted.

  2. Hi,
    Happy Birthday, and what a wonderful thought to put a candle on the pie for you, and even sing Happy Birthday, I think that is just great. 🙂

    What a wonderful thing that lady did offering you some comfort, it would of been a very stressful time I should imagine.

  3. How wonderful that you received such warmth and comfort in a time of need. I call people like this woman “earthly angels.” May your husband recover and get well soon.
    Blessings – Maxi

  4. It’s so easy to scoff at the simple gestures and then abort them because “they don’t count.”
    Thanks for a beautiful and touching reminder that they DO count, perhaps more than anything.

  5. What a beautiful post 🙂 I always try to have a positive effect on the lives of others, especially those who may be lonely, I was always taught that a smile costs nothing!

  6. MargeKatherine, First of the that lemon meringue pie reminded me of an aunt’s amazing lemon meringue pies…they were huge and DELICIOUS.

    It is amazing how much a small act of kindness, a smile, a hug can make someone’s day. Your story really touched my heart.

    • I understand. Sometimes we do feel uncomfortable sharing our feelings and some of our experiences…in many cases because we feel no one would care. That is the blessing of blogging and sharing within our blogging family 🙂 We care about each other. Blessings to you.

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