Recently one of the bloggers I read, "Arkansas Patti" wrote about something she did when she was young. And at the end of her post, she asked 'if anyone remembered a kindness' that was done to them.
Well, I certainly do...
I wasn't a child at the time, but a young married woman (23) who had just come from a visit to our Pediatrician's and had just been informed that my one year old son had German measles. Now this wasn't a problem as the Pediatrician informed me that German measles was not dangerous to my one year old, but could be extremely dangerous to an unborn child. At which point, I informed him that I WAS PREGNANT. He then proceeded to ask me if I had ever had German Measles myself... which of course I had no idea. Apparently if I had, there was no danger as I would have antibodies in my system that would protect the child.
"But if I didn't?", I asked.
"Then I would recommend you get an abortion."
These words were said very matter of factly... and to this day he probably had no idea as to how these few words affected me. I was devastated... said nothing, but left the office in a state of panic.
I drove over to my husband's work-place to share this news with him, but before I could call him, began crying uncontrollably in the parking lot. After a few minutes, I heard a knocking on the car window. Looking up, I saw a stranger standing there. Wiping my eyes, embarrassed, I rolled down the window. It was a young man and he looked embarrassed too. But he handed me some samples of perfume that he apparently had in his car and said that he didn't know what was wrong, but perhaps this would help.
Well, I don't use perfume due to my migraines, but was so taken by the gesture that I did smile and thank him. And I never forgot this act of kindness. I'm 70 years old now and have had my unknown good Samaritan in my prayers for years.
As it turned out, I had a blood titer test run and apparently had had German Measles at some time in my past, so my unborn child was safe and all was well.
And I'm sure that other acts of kindness have been done to me over the years, but this one stands out in my memory. It was such a little thing - but it stayed with me forever.