This is a story about kindness, and the difference that you can make to someone else without even knowing it.
My mum works in a supermarket. Recently while she was at work, a stranger walked up to her and spoke her name, took her hand. ‘I have wanted to see you again for nearly 40 years’ she said.
When I was a young child, my mother had been involved in the local community baby and toddler group. One day they had held a sale of pre-owned children’s clothing. The woman holding my mum’s hand had been a young, single mum, struggling for money. This was the late 1970s. She told my mum how she had often experienced negative reactions to her single mum status. Judgement and disapproval. My mum had chatted to her just for a little while, been kind, and given her some of my old baby clothes and didn’t charge her for them.
This woman remembered my name, my mum’s name, every detail of the encounter. She told of how she had wanted to say a proper thank you during all of the years in between. She had never forgotten a moment of kindness from another mum. It doesn’t surprise me that my own mum doesn’t remember this particular meeting, because this is just who she is, every day.
We should remember that no act of kindness is ever wasted. People will always remember how you make them feel. We can make a difference to others as we walk through the world.
Be kind, always.