Sometimes the simplest stories are also the most profound. The inherent goodness of human nature is more often displayed in small acts of kindness than in grand gestures or heroic flourishes.
That’s something one father learned while visiting the bank recently. What started as a simple errand and the expression of joy over his son ended with a beautiful reminder that at the end of the day, people are good. He shared the story in a Facebook post that will remind everyone to extend acts of kindness to others. You never know how much of a lasting impact they could have.
As Rob Edwards headed to the bank one day, he couldn’t help but think about how far his son had come. He was, after all, about to graduate from high school that afternoon.
The proud dad was basking in his pride when he saw a woman walking in close behind him. As most of us would do, he not only held the door, but he also motioned for her to go in ahead of him.
“By all means,” he said, “go in front of me. My son graduates today. I’m slowing down and want to savor every minute.”
The comment sparked a conversation between the two strangers about the incomparable joy of raising a child into an incredible young adult. After that, they went their separate ways to carry out their business in the bank.
As Rob was finishing up with the teller, he felt something being placed on the teller’s desk under his arm. It was an envelope. “Congratulations, I’m so happy for you,” his new friend said to him while she was walking out. He opened it up and found a crisp $50 bill!
Needless to say, Rob was floored. He rushed out of the bank to find her, and when he spotted her across the parking lot, he bolted over to her and said, “I can’t take this!”
What the woman said to him after that practically left his jaw on the floor. In her words, “When you talk about your boy, YOU GLOW. You’re a blessing to him. I want to bless him too!” It’s a moment this proud father will never forget. Here’s what Rob had to say of the encounter.
I was so touched. I don’t know her name, I’ve [n]ever seen her before. But I will never forget her love. I asked to take a picture with her… We need more of this in the world today. Not the money. But kindness. I hugged a complete stranger today. My son who I love with all my heart was shown love. Many of you who know me know what I believe in. Sounds kinda familiar don’t it? It warms the father’s heart to love the son. I am blessed.
When everything seems difficult or flat-out bad, we need reminders that human beings are full of love, warmth, and goodness. Make sure you share this story to remind the people you love of that simple fact.
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