It Was Raining

I was taking both my young girls out shopping. I decided my eldest was old enough to walk beside me and the baby in the stroller. She did well enough at first. Then she got a wild hair and took off by herself sprinting. I started screaming her name and she just appeared around corner saying, "Whaaat?"

I was flustered by the time we checked out and she was low on her attention span. We walked out and I saw it was still raining. I turned back around and told her we were going to get an umbrella. A woman stopped and said, "You need an umbrella?"

I didn't think anything of it and said, "Oh yeah, we're just going to go buy one." Then I turned back around.

She said, "Here have mine." We went back and forth for a little bit. I couldn't take her umbrella and I needed to buy one anyway. She then said that it was a cheap one and assured me it worked even though it wasn't all to great. Then she said that I wouldn't have to buy one. I felt bad that she was going to walk out in the rain and just couldn't. So I asked her if she was sure about it...

She told me happy holidays as she handed it to me. I said thank you in a very surprised tone. Then I told my daughter that it was really nice. She looked up at me confused and kind of wandered off with the umbrella. So there was a toddler meandering in different directions chasing puddles with me chasing after her. Ha ha! But still, the nice gesture made my day.

Tekkamaki Tekkamaki 31-35 6 Responses Dec 18, 2009

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Sweet! You get cookies! I hope I send out good vibes! OK...I'm going to squeeze my eyes and concentrate really hard...anything happen? If not, wait a few days! It's the holidays and I believe in all that magical stuff. : D I squeezed my eyes shut and I saw mahjong pieces like when you play tetris too long. I think I've been playing that too much lately!

Lilt, ha...sometimes I don't think she's paying attention but I love sharing things with her like that. Maybe she is but she doesn't say anything?

Maisie, that's a good point! I thought she wasn't going to let up but I really wanted to let her know that I wasn't about to just up and let her walk out in the rain either. I mean, I could still buy one but I thought her giving hers up was such a kind gesture that I couldn't say no.

Arsineh, thank you for reading! It is quite contagious when you are treated with kindness that you want to treat someone else with kindness to share the warm feelings.

LOL! HappySailor, sure I think it's an umbrella that brings some good karma with it. And it's so compact that I think it's easy to pass around to the next person!

Aww Carrot! You showing up always makes me smile!

I like what you said, Maisie. Synchronicity.

I don't believe in accidents either. It's about being open to the people and experiences around you. Sometimes it's as simple as a smile. Or holding a door open.

I'm quite sure Tekka and her lovely family were giving off the good vibes.

Can I have the umbrella???

It's 80 and sunny here right now, but I think it might rain next week....


(sweet story)

I enjoyed reading your story. It made me smile. It's amazing how reading a story like this or being on the receiving end of a kind gesture inspires us to do something thoughtful for others.

Fantastic. I'm glad you took the time to acknowledge the gesture with your daughter.