Human Connection

I had such a moving experience this morning, I thought it was worth sharing:

On my way to the café this morning I walked by the same homeless man that I always see in Dinkytown. He smiles at me every morning on my way to class and usually asks if I can spare a sandwich or some change. I have always said no, because I’m in a hurry or don’t have cash, and he just smiles and tells me it’s okay and to have a great day. Today, after our usual interaction ending with me saying “I’m sorry, but good luck!” I felt guilty…I wasn’t in a hurry this morning. So I changed my mind, went into the café and bought a blueberry muffin to go. When I went outside, he was gone. I walked a block down and found him on the next corner, but when I approached him to give him the bag, he looked up at me, shook his head, and closed his eyes. I reached out to hand it to him, telling him that I picked him up some breakfast, and he started to cry. He put his hands in his pockets and wouldn’t accept it. I set the bag on the ground at his feet and told him that I’d already eaten breakfast, so I hoped he’d take it, and I turned around and walked the opposite way.

Halfway down the block I turned back and the bag and the man were gone.

It turns out, to him that muffin meant a lot more than just breakfast.

Sometimes it takes an experience like this to remember to notice people, to not make assumptions, and to take a minute of your day to do something small that will make a big difference for someone else.

Reach out to someone today!

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3 comments
  1. Kathy Schwie said:

    I’m proud of you. 🙂

  2. Sarah, you are so sweet. Not too many people would do what you did! You saw a person, not a stereotype. Good for you! I remember once at a McDonald’s being asked for $ by a woman who looked down on her luck to say the least. I figured she was just panhandling, but gave her my burger on the chance that she was hungry. She ate it up like you wouldn’t believe and I’ve never forgotten that feeling of helping someone even if in just a small way.
    I’m proud of you too (like your mom is)!

    • Thanks Aunt Sandy! Yours is a great story too. Sometimes even a small act of kindness goes such a long way! A good thing to remember for all of us!

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