We invite you to remember your loved ones who have died by committing an act of kindness in their honor. Love, kindness, generosity, sharing, these are the gifts we can give to them.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Day After Christmas

A week before Christmas, me and my girlfriend decided to walk to Starbucks for coffee and a bagel for breakfast. As we walked by the coffee building we were stopped by a older man who seemed to be having trouble in his life and homeless as well. He asked for spare change. I told him that I didn't carry any as my girlfriend did too, that we usually carry bank cards only. He asked if I could get him some water, we told him we would see what they had inside. Me and my girlfriend knew that he has had it rough by the looks of his clothes and that it was cold outside and that he was sitting on the sidewalk. He was soft spoken but definitely polite and ended each sentence in "thank you sir." We decided though we couldn't do a lot and we had to get across town that he would enjoy warm food and something good to drink. We came out with a couple of bagels, some cream cheeses, and a couple of apple juices for him to enjoy. He thanked us, even though we knew he seemed to have been through a lot, especially for living on the streets in the cold.
    Me and my girlfriend talked about how we should have done more, but still what we did was helped him out in providing him with food that he didn't have before. We felt good for helping this man out, but bad for what he had to go through for how kind of a person he seemed to be and that no one should have to live in those conditions. Hope this shows to be an act of kindness. We gave something to someone less fortunate. It may not have lasted the day but got him through part. He thanked us even though it may have seemed minimal and I wish we could have done more for him. We do know however that he was thankful. We haven't seen him since and hope he has gotten more help in his situation. Hope this act of kindness shows how helping others matters and that we can always do more.
    Thanks Mr. F., glad to receive this message from you, as others have said that it was a nice surprise to hear from you again this Christmas. You have been a great friend and teacher, and have made me a better and smarter person from knowing you and taking your classes.
    Thanks, and will definitely post next Christmas,
---Bobby Craig