Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Gift from Elspeth

LoLaSuzanne photo of flowers by the Rio Grande

Our simplest gesture or gift, freely given, without expectation of return, can deeply touch someone and lift their spirits. We never know.

Before I "went off to do my own thing" I used to work in advertising. Sometimes at lunch I would go and pick flowers with some of my friends/co-workers, then we would pile into my car and drive around, stopping to give flowers to random people standing at the roadside. Suspicious of being given something freely by a complete stranger, some people would either take a while to accept the flower or would not take it at all. Most people, however, were touched by the gesture and would accept the bloom with a smile and an expression of gratitude.

My clearest memory is of the old man standing on the sidewalk, wearing a suit, holding a large briefcase. I pulled my car over and one of the girls hopped out and gave him a flower. He thanked her and, as we drove off, I looked in the rear view mirror. I saw him smiling at the flower. Then he opened his briefcase and carefully placed it inside.

--Elspeth in Trinidad and Tobago

1 comment:

Connie said...

That is the sweetest little story! Once I was actually waiting in a long line at the check-out counter at the grocery store. When it came time to pay, the cashier handed me a $20 and said that it was from the customer three people ahead of me and they did it to spread a little kindness today to a stranger. That was the greatest surprise ever!!! I think I was smiling for months!!

Peace & Love.