Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Random acts of kindness

On Sunday, in the quiet of the afternoon, I went to the subway to get a train downtown. As I approached the entrance, I noticed a woman sitting outside, as if waiting for someone. As I got closer, she stood up and waved a piece of paper at me. I thought she wanted directions.

She held out a Day Pass, and said: "Are you going on the subway?

I said Yes.

She said: "Would you like this pass? I'm done for the day and it doesn't expire until midnight."

I looked at the token I was holding, wondering if she expected to sell the pass to me.

"You might as well use it," she continued and gave me the pass. "I don't want to throw it away." And off she went.

"I'll pass on the kindness," I called after her.

And so I did.


  1. isn't it amazing how a gesture like that can change how we view the whole rest of our day? A random act of simple kindness is often more valuable than being handed an expensive gift. It made me smile.

  2. you pass on the kindness each time I visit your blog xo bless you on this spring equinox xo

  3. I am glad this happened Colette. You are so loving and generous with your time and heart. You deserve these random acts of kindness every day.

    Love your latest collage (and that pom pom trim!).

    Dotee xoxo

  4. happens so rarely in the big city life.. a bunch of paranoiacs..affraid to talk to starngers..
    such a nice happening..
    I love the collage.. the pompoms and the flowers.. are they forget me nots??

  5. I love that you wanted to pass it on :)

  6. Lovely story, Colette. Thanks for sharing it - and your kindness. xo

  7. You are an act of kindness. i think this piece is my favorite of yours!


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