The kindness of strangers


It was raining this evening, and I ran out for a few minutes without an umbrella before realizing how bad it was. I tried to stay under awnings as much as possible, but sometimes you can’t help but be exposed. I was waiting for a light to change at just one of those exposed places, cursing the increasingly heavy rain and the seemingly endless stoplight, when out of nowhere the rain stopped falling on my head and I sensed a presence near me. I turned to my right to find a kindly older woman holding her umbrella to protect us both. She smiled at me and let out a little chuckle. I smiled back and said “Gracias, gracias, gracias.” Little things like this make my heart soar with a love of humanity.