Sometimes kindness is nothing more than seeing or be seen. I smile, you see we say hello.
This summer we were just about to board a ferry when I saw her: an elderly woman struggling with a pair of heavy bags. I offered to carry one of them over the gangplank; she thanked me and accepted. We talked about the weather or maybe something else. The sky was blue and gulls were calling. It was the briefest of encounters but I am thankful for her kindness in accepting my assistance.
The best kindness we can show each other is often to accept kindness from a stranger. Trust is the best of gifts.
with wings unmoving
an eagle rides the breeze —
glitter on the sea
Tomorrow Toni hosts Haibun Monday at dVerse where we write about kindness. Prose should be less than 150 words and a haiku to top it. Join us, bar opens at 9 PM CET.
October 29, 2017