Sadness and Kindness

Dear Sad Lady,

We saw you eating sushi at the shops today.  You were sitting with two kids and you were crying on the phone.  Did you hear some bad news?  Or was it just a bad day?  Did someone let you down?  Or were the kids just being a handful?

We saw you, sad lady.  We were going to stop and see if you were ok, but we decided you needed flowers.  So we bought you some.  Pink roses.  Just a little bunch.  We got them as fast as we could and raced back to the sushi place.

But you were gone.

So we didn’t get to tell you that we noticed.  We didn’t get to let you know that strangers care.  We didn’t get to brighten your day.  And we’re sorry.

You will probably never read this.  But maybe sharing the story will inspire someone else to buy pink roses for a stranger.

With blessings,

SquiggleMum and Kids.

PS – here are your roses:

Matthew 25: 34-40 (NIV Bible)

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father… For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

27 thoughts on “Sadness and Kindness

  1. What a beautiful post – and what a beautiful thing to do! And also? It wasn’t me was it? I have 2 kids who love sushi and have frequently been crying in public since my marriage break-up.You know what, next time I see someone upset in public, I’m going to take a leaf out of your book and do the same. Thank you xo
    .-= MaidInAustralia´s last blog ..Friends Forever =-.

  2. Cath, such a wonderful reminder to me. To stop and pause and look at my surroundings.

    I have a feeling that I have been walking past that sad lady, lately.

    thanks x

  3. Beautiful. A lovely gesture and such a wonderful moment to stop and teach your children compassion.

    A friend recently introduced me to a website http://www.operationnice.com. It follows the life of Melissa who has a mission to teach kindness to all. I think you may really like it.

  4. My dear friend. Thank you once again for making me cry.:)
    We live in such a myopic “me” driven world that it is easy to walk past and think our own problems are bigger…I pray that wherever she is she is feeling better and that the grace of God has touched her even though His messengers in you and your children could not. You definitely touched me.

  5. Oh Cath – made me cry too – lovely post, lovely thing to do, lovely thoughtful person you are!!

  6. I did something like that once. Went to the hairdresser and she was very sad (I thought it was the customers who were meant to pour out their hearts??! LOL). So I went back the next day with a rose to cheer her up. Sadly she wasn’t at work that day, but I still left the rose. I don’t know if she ever got it, but I believe God prompted me to act and even if she never saw it, I can’t help but wonder how it impacted on her workmates to see love in action!
    .-= Janet´s last blog ..Authors Meet &amp Greet =-.

  7. Such a lovely thought and a lovely post. I also try to teach my children that our kindness and concern shouldn’t be limited to those who are already in our family or circle of friends.

    I know that I have been blessed by the kindness of strangers on occasions and hope that I am showing my children, as you are yours, that it is possible for one person to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

    Bless you.
    .-= Susan @ Reading Upside Down´s last blog ..I Haven’t Blogged Much Lately Because… =-.

  8. Thank you.
    That sad lady could well have been me.
    Except I haven’t made it out of the house today.
    and I rarely talk on my phone.
    and my kids won’t eat sushi.

    The kindness of strangers never ceases to amaze me.
    Thank You.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Dear Darl- it’s December 12 =-.

  9. Such a beautiful gesture – the world would be such a nicer place if we all stopped to think of others like you did. Here’s hoping that the small act of buying the flowers sent some love in her general direction.
    .-= Belinda´s last blog ..When it rains- it pours =-.

  10. Hello Squiggly Mum, from squiggly Rainbow! How delightful to have found your blog. I am so blessed to find it and you are an inspiration. We are a Christian family in Melbourne – and I am just so thankful to have found your blog – it is going to be a wonderful source of encouragement to me! xo

  11. Oh, you have made me cry too. So often I see people upset and am not sure what to do. It is different with friends, that hug or coffee comes easily. Thanks for your kindness to strangers, and putting it here to inspire others. I hope to try harder too, ‘kindness is the best thing in the world’ (Enid Blyton)

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