Two by Kaze
While sitting down, drinking a half cup of coffee and writing with the laptop, a homeless woman wanders in the café. She is wasted and can’t stand up straight. She goes to the counter and says “Can you give me a hot chocolate? I don’t have money but I really need it.”
She stands there humped over, looking down at the floor.
Since my back is to the counter and I didn’t see if they agreed to give her a free drink, I ask her if they said yes. She doesn’t understand me and keeps looking down.
I turn around and go to the counter. “I’ll pay for the hot chocolate.”
The counter woman looks at me with amazement. Pointing to the man in front of her, she says “He has already said that he will pay for it.” We smile at each other and the man takes his credit card and goes back to his chair.
The counter woman says “OMG. Two of you came up to pay. Two of my customers. I can’t believe it. She looked stunned. I felt like telling her “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. There is kindness in our country.”
The woman takes her hot chocolate and leaves. I follow her and tell her I have a blanket and some food in my car. She was not able to understand me and she wandered off. I don’t know if she was mentally ill or on drugs or something else.
I went back to the cafe and sat down. I’m always pleased when I see kindness. And I was also surprised. There is kindness in our nation even when the media declares there is only incivility.
There are ordinary people who are drawn to compassion.
What a nice surprise for me and the counter person and the unknown man. Life is very good today.