With my 4-year-old daughter back at preschool, I've finally been able to start walking the harbour-front boardwalk in our small hick town.
So the other day, I had about one block left to walk when I spotted a woman with two suitcases on the street talking to another woman. They were looking at a brochure together. Being the nosy thing I am, I stopped to ask if they were lost.
The older woman told me the lady with the suitcases was looking for a particular street. The name of the street sounded familiar to me but I wasn't sure where it was. In the best English she could, the younger woman told me she had just arrived in town and had become lost after getting off the bus from the airport. She thought the bus driver had said a 10-minute walk to the street she was looking for but she didn't know in which direction. She had been walking in circles for almost an hour.
Well, it didn't matter how many crime shows I had watched on TV or seen on the news, there was no way I was going to walk away and leave this woman stranded only a block from my house lugging two suitcases. The neighbors must have thought I was nuts watching me mime out that she could come with me and we would find out where the street was and I would drive her there.
So here's what I was able to find out during our short walk to my home. She was here to run in a charity event that was taking place in a few days, she had flown all the way from Japan to participate and was able to joke with me that she should have taken a taxi from the airport instead of the bus.
Within a few minutes, we were at my house, she showed me the address of the B&B she had reserved and we jumped in the truck to find it. Within five minutes, we were pulling up to the front door of the B&B.
So with just a little extra effort on my part that took less than 10 minutes of my time, she was safe and secure in the room she had reserved and able to enjoy the balance of her stay here.
Random Act of Kindness, Check!
What random act or acts of kindness have you done?