St. Patrick’s Day And The Kindness Of Strangers *Weekend Open Thread*


Hooey, it has been another intense, incredible week in the political realm. Rex Tillerson is out as the Secretary of State, and Mike Pompeo is in (assuming he gets the votes). That was just at the BEGINNING of the week. By the end of the week, we have Andrew McCabe being fired by AG Sessions before he can retire and get his pension at the suggestion of the FBI’s own watchdog group. And then there is the bombshell report that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are buddies with the FISA court judge overseeing the Flynn matter. Whew…

Hence the need for our weekly respite from all of the drama, turmoil, anger, and angst.

First off, I want to wish you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. As they say, we are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, though there are some here who come by it honestly.

If you are interested in learning more about the  Saint who is celebrated far and wide with parades and green beer (thank God I don’t drink anyway, but a green beer is just not appetizing as far as I am concerned), you can click here to learn more about this Saint who died 1,558 years ago.

Last weekend, in the Comments section, I mentioned a young woman who truly demonstrated the difference  “kindness to strangers” can make in someone’s life. The story was about a Waffle House employee in Houston, Texas who took the time to cut up the meal of a customer who had just gotten out of the hospital. He was having a particularly hard time and she stepped in to care for him. Here is her story in case you missed it:

This young woman credits her upbringing as to why she chose to help out this customer the way she did. Good on her parents for rearing such a bighearted young woman.

That was last week. This week, we have another act of kindness, this time out of Griffin, Georgia. Here’s the story:

A video of one man’s kind act towards another is being shared throughout the Spalding County community. E’Ondria Weems was driving in Griffin on Sunday when she noticed a man with a walker trying to cross the road.

She said before she could react a man named Justin stepped in. He pulled his white ram truck over “got out of his car and stopped traffic for the elderly man and helped him across the street.” (Click here to read the rest.)

And here is the video of that kind man helping a stranger:

Doesn’t that just do your heart good? So nice to see someone take time out of their day to just stop and help someone else out of the kindness of their heart without being asked or expecting a reward. And that is just what the driver of the Ram truck did.

When I saw this story, and the one about the Waffle House worker, it made me want to find some other stories about the “kindness of strangers.” And I definitely found a few, thanks to Reader’s Digest:

The Man at the Market

When the supermarket clerk tallied up my groceries, I was $12 over what I had on me. I began to remove items from the bags, when another shopper handed me a $20 bill. “Please don’t put yourself out,” I told him. “Let me tell you a story,” he said. “My mother is in the hospital with cancer. I visit her every day and bring her flowers. I went this morning, and she got mad at me for spending my money on more flowers. She demanded that I do something else with that money. So, here, please accept this. It is my mother’s flowers.” Leslie Wagner, Peel, Arkansas


Seven Miles For Me

Leaving a store, I returned to my car only to find that I’d locked my keys and cell phone inside. A teenager riding his bike saw me kick a tire and say a few choice words. “What’s wrong?” he asked. I explained my situation. “But even if I could call my wife,” I said, “she can’t bring me her car key, since this is our only car.” He handed me his cell phone. “Call your wife and tell her I’m coming to get her key.” “That’s seven miles round trip.” “Don’t worry about it.” An hour later, he returned with the key. I offered him some money, but he refused. “Let’s just say I needed the exercise,” he said. Then, like a cowboy in the movies, he rode off into the sunset. Clarence W. Stephens, Nicholasville, Kentucky


Bounty For a Navy Wife

I was balancing caring for a toddler and working a full-time job, all while my Navy husband was on extended duty overseas. One evening, the doorbell rang. It was my neighbor, a retired chief petty officer, holding a breadboard loaded with a freshly cooked chicken and vegetable stew. “I’ve noticed you’re getting a little skinny,” he said. It was the best meal I’d had in months. Patricia Fordney, Corvallis, Oregon


“I Can Still Help”

As I walked through the parking lot, all I could think about was the dire diagnosis I had handed my patient Jimmy: pancreatic cancer. Just then, I noticed an elderly gentleman handing tools to someone working under his stalled car. That someone was Jimmy. “Jimmy, what are you doing?” I yelled out. Jimmy dusted off his pants. “My cancer didn’t tell me not to help others, Doc,” he said, before waving at the old man to start the car. The engine roared to life. The old man thanked Jimmy and drove off. Then Jimmy got into his car and took off as well. Take-home message: Kindness has no limits and no restrictions. Mohammed Basha, Gainesville, Florida (Click here to read the rest.)

I love that last story. What an incredible attitude that man has/had. And the Retired Chief Petty Officer showed he was also a gentleman by bringing the young Navy wife a meal. What a thoughtful gesture, actually on both of their parts.

I have one last story I want to share with you about the kindness of a stranger. This one is from across the Pond:

Wow, what an amazing act by that young man to donate his bone marrow, thus saving this woman’s life. As she said, her husband still has his wife and her kids their mother all because of a stranger. What a wonderful story.

I think that this pretty much says it all:

How about you? Have you experienced acts of kindness from strangers at some point in your lives? If so and you feel like sharing, I am sure we would all love to hear about it.

That’s it for me for this Weekend Open Thread. You are invited to discuss any and everything. Have a great weekend!



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43 Responses to “St. Patrick’s Day And The Kindness Of Strangers *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Again, FACTS MATTER, just not to the media when they report – gleefully, in this case – about anything related to the Trumps. This is just sad, especially that the recent incident with the white powder that sent Vanessa to the hospital played a part in this decision:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The ugliness of some people’s souls has always been with us. Social media allows them to show it to us.

      They show us just how ugly they are with behavior like this.

      A home is breaking up, children will be affected and all they can think about is their rabid hate for the Trumps. They are ugly, sad and pathetic.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I think that sums it up, Marge. To be gleeful at the end of a marriage, especially when children are involved, is just hateful. People. Sheesh.

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  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    What a great idea to combiner St. Paddy’s Day and the kindness of strangers in one post! Love it!

    I have been the recipient of many acts of kindness from strangers over my life. One however sticks in my mind.

    I had just lost my beloved daughter in a car accident. I had been somewhat numb through all the fol-de-rol we surround death with – viewings and funerals, picking out caskets and choosing music. I sleep-walked through it all and then suddenly it was over.

    Every one went home. My husband went back to work. My sons were both out of the house – one married and one sharing an apartment with a fella he worked with. I was home alone.

    I think reality began to creep in then. And then the phone rang and it was a woman I didn’t know. I had read about the death of her son about nine months before but she had to remind me since I didn’t recognize her by name.

    She said she had waited to call me until the funeral and burial were over. She knew what I was feeling. She knew since she had gone through it only months before.

    She reached out through the pain she still felt everyday to talk to me in my fresh raw pain. She didn’t have to open up her own wound – but she did. She did because she said what I had said to the reporter that called me and asked what anyone could do and I said, “there’s nothing anyone can do.” She thought she would try.

    That was 40 years ago. And I still remember her kindness. We talked for over an hour. And we never talked again. But we always knew that if it all became too much we had someone to call who would understand. And that was enough.

    I haven’t thought of her lately. Thanks for reminding me of her so I may remember her in my prayers again.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, Marge – what a bittersweet tale. I was literally in tears reading this. I knew you had lost your daughter, but I never wanted to pry to ask how you lost her. I figured you’d tell us when you were ready.

      I cannot even begin to imagine what that was like for you and your family. And though time has passed, I imagine thoughts of your daughter are with you every day.

      That this dear woman reached out to you in the midst of your grief while she was in the midst of HER grief is extraordinarily compassionate. What a wonderful, caring, loving thing to do for another, for a stranger.

      I am sure it was reassuring to know that if you needed her again, she was but a phone call away…

      Thank you for this powerful story. Truly touching…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I think she saved my sanity. I had gone to the foot of the stairs to wake Michelle up for school only to remember…

        The pain becomes bearable and life goes on. But it is never the same. She was a very special child, the best of us. They called her “Dear Abby” at school because all the kids went to her for advice or to cry on her shoulder. She was more empathetic than I have ever been. And she had a smile that lit up our lives.

        If you want to imagine what she looked like, she looked a lot like Valerie Bertinelli.

        I’ve never stopped missing her and I never will. But that lady’s call that day kept me going. And for that I can never repay her.

        I told her if she ever needed to just talk to call me. She never did so I hope she managed to move on. She had a couple of younger kids so they needed mom there.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, Marge – she sounds just wonderful. What a gem she must have been. That she was viewed as someone so trustworthy and compassionate by her friends speaks volumes. And I love Valerie Bertinelli. I’ll think of your dear Michelle when I see Bertinelli.

          I have always heard parents say they never want to outlive their children, but to have lost yours so young could do nothing less than break your heart. I imagine it was hard on the family in general, but she was your girl, and a special one at that.

          The woman who called you was an angel, no doubt abt it. She came at just the right time and said just the right things. What a gift…

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  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Conor, the barber, was hearing complaints from his present trimmee about the price of barbers’ services. “I tell you, Conor, these New York barbers gotta stranglehold on the citizens. I was in London just last week, and you charge me half again what they charge there.” “That may be true, Sir,” said the Irishman, “but think of the airfare.”

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  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    A ventriloquist is telling Irish jokes in Davy Byrne’s pub in Grafton Street, Dublin, when, O’Leary, an irate Irishman stands up shouting, ‘You’re making out we’re all dumb and stupid. I oughtta punch you in the nose.’

    ‘I’m sorry sir, I………..’

    ‘Not you,’ says O’Leary, ‘I’m talking to that little fella on your knee.’

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    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, my – this would be funny if it wasn’t so incredibly accurate of the lunacy with which we now live in this world.

      It is funny, though! 😀

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    An aging man lived alone in Ireland. His only son was in Long Kesh Prison, and he didn’t know anyone who would spade up his potato garden. The old man wrote to his son about it, and received this reply, “For HEAVENS SAKE, don’t dig up that garden, that’s where I buried the GUNS!!!!!”

    At 4 A.M. the next morning, a dozen British soldiers showed up and dug up the entire garden, but didn’t find any guns. Confused, the man wrote to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next.

    His son’s reply was: “Just plant your potatoes.”

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Good Lord, it just does not stop. Parents and communities need to get it through their heads that partisan acts at taxpayer expense are NOT acceptable. Kids are kids – many may believe in what they are doing, or think they are doing, and others feel they must lest THEY be targeted. But the Schools, Districts, and Parents should know better and act better. It is exactly this kind of liberal kneejerk reaction that has gotten us dozens of “genders,” made up pronouns, safe spaces, microaggressions, etc.

    This teacher should sue:

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Okay, this is just laughable. Liberal pawn for Gun Control teen David Hogg has a response for being rejected by one college after another – a gap year to work on midterms and SJW’ism. Um, is it a GAP year when you can’t get in anywhere? Just asking:

    Oh, and this kid has amassed 400,000 more Twitter followers. Look at the things he has written – people actually CARE abt how many muffins he ate? Seriously? Wow…

    Again, why children don’t write Public Policy.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, and to further demonstrate what a partisan hack he is, Hogg lauds the (presumed) win by Conor Lamb in PA. Apparently he is unaware that Lamb is a pro-Second Amendment/gun rights guy. All Hogg seemed to see was the D by his name and knew NOTHING abt for what Lamb stands. Wow.

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  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Great piece highlighting the collusion between liberal media and liberal marches, especially the most recent one:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Media enables every liberal stunt and lie. They are nothing more than a very visible, and corrupt, arm of the Democrat party. All pretense is gone. They are in your face liberals and should be treated as such.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You got that right, Marge. It is just beyond disconcerting to see what has become of our nation thanks to the media and liberals.

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    PANIC: College Students Complain About Taking Notes By Hand

    One senior at the University of California, Berkeley, complained after his hand-written final exams, “My hand is yelling at me, basically.” He said he substitutes shorthand for some words, but then gets confused when he has to review his notes later.

    One reason professors are implementing the handwriting avenue is because they can’t be sure just what the students are doing in class when they have their computers open. Carol Holstead, a University of Kansas associate journalism professor who banned laptops three years ago, stated, “I got really tired of seeing them out there on their laptops and doing something other than pay attention to me.”

    One University of Connecticut junior wanted to ask his professor for a laptop allowance; he said, “That class was ridiculously hard to take notes in. I was thinking, ‘Hmm. Do I have a disability?’ I was very close to making something up.”

    Maybe calling them “snowflakes” was too kind.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh my GOOD LORD – are you KIDDING me with this??

      Wow, what a bunch of incompetent babies we are rearing in this country. This person is an ADULT and this is the kind of whining he is doing?

      Holy cow, we are in BIG TROUBLE in this country.

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    San Francisco Is Suffering From The Excesses Of Its Own Liberalism

    The astounding level of mismanagement and general deterioration of public decency will continue to plague the city until reasonable measures are taken to combat vagrancy.

  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    The “kindness of these strangers” resulted in the adoption of 4 siblings, an event so moving, even the judge cried:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I’ll admit to a tear or two too. What wonderful people and how fortunate for those 4 kids that they can stay together.

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  19. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    But yeah, it’s all the NRA’s fault:

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