June 25th, 2012

hope and love

The Kindess Of Strangers.

First, happy belated birthday to waywardson_lvr!! And happy early birthday to marigoldg!! Hope they are/were good ones!!

So now I will tell you a story about a Good Samaritan.

To start, let me explain how nobody calls us after 9pm because they all know my sister gets up for work at 5 in the morning. The family knows this and I make sure all my friends know it too. If the phone does ring after 9, my sister stumbles out of bed, half asleep and disoriented - (she sleeps soundly so she is always confused as hell when she wakes up in the middle of the night) - and in a full on panic that some terrible emergency is taking place. Why else would the phone be ringing in the middle of the night - never mind that sometimes it is only 9:30pm. My mom will call at 9:10 and say, “I know it is past the cut off time, but it’s only a little past the time, right?” - all the while my sister is stumbling down the hallway, thinking it must be 1am and asking me who has died, because why else would the phone be ringing? No, it is just my mom and she wants to know who that guy is on channel 6 right now.

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I find it highly encouraging that someone out there would go to so much trouble to help a stranger who had lost her wallet. I also find it a little sad that if our phone rings at 9:30 at night, we automatically think something terrible has happened - it makes me feel old and lame, you guys.

Now, if you want to be both uplifted and sad at the same time, you should go check out 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken. I saw it over on dugindeep's LJ and I was literally sobbing by the time I got through looking at all of these moving pieces of our history. Don't say I didn't warn you though.