I’ve many stories to share about kindness. I’ve had many moments in my life when people showed me kindness. Other moments where I was able to pay it forward for someone else.
This story is about a shopping bag that became more than a shopping bag. I was on my way home from work. I saw a man on the side of the road. He has been shopping at the dollar store. As many of us know the dollar store plastic bags are not the strongest or the best for the environment.
His bags had split open, dropping all his items on the ground.
He was frantically trying to pick things up, somehow fit everything into the only other two bags he had. It had just started to rain. I saw his face as I passed him and he was looking up at the sky as if to say, ” Give me a break.”
I stopped not to far from him and pulled over on the side of the road. I opened the trunk and pulled out my reusable bags and started to walk back towards him.
He noticed me as I approached and he just shook his head when he saw what I was holding and then he smiled. ” I thought you could use these.” I said with an even bigger smile.
He shook his head again and replied, ” I can’t believe you stopped. No one stopped and I was about to just leave this all here. I have to catch my bus so thank you so very much.”
I helped him pick up the now muddy items as the rain started to come down a little harder. Once he was all packed up, I walked back to the van.
” Miss, can I get these bags back you somehow?” he asked.
I thought about it for a minute and said, ” You know what would be better? You keep them and if you see someone who needs them one day like you did today, pass them on. How does that sound?”
” That sounds just perfect. And thank you again; I can’t believe your kindness. It made my day.”
” No worries take care of yourself and have a great rest of the day.”
I got in the van and decided to always have spare bags in the car for any other person who may need them. The simplicity of how something so small as a grocery bag could change my day as well as a perfect stranger was not lost on me.
Reusable bags. They are good for the environment, strong enough to carry your purchases home, and sometimes they are just plain good for the soul.
We should all carry extras in our car. Who knows when we may have the chance to give a little support to a stranger when they need it?