Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Kindness of Strangers can Happen When you Least Expect It #WATWB

Vivian Leigh as Blanche DuBois (Image via Wikimedia Commons)
There is that famous moment in Tennessee William's play, A Streetcar Named Desire, when Blanche DuBois tells her gentleman caller that she has always relied on "the kindness of strangers." Blanche DuBois was a real piece of work, of course, and her motives were completely self-centered. But the line has always stuck in my mind, along with the notion that we really never know when we will need to rely on the kindness of strangers. And it's not unusual to not expect a stranger will be kind which makes stories of the kindness of strangers so powerful to me.

For the 9th installment of the We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB), I found a story that really exemplifies the blogfest's mission of being a light in the current darkness and drawing attention to human stories of love, peace, and compassion for others.

Kate McClure, a young woman driving outside of Philadelphia, found herself in the unhappy position of running out of gas on a highway. She managed to pull over to the side of the road, and was thinking about going in search of a gas station when a homeless man approached her car.
Johnny, who is a homeless veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, asked McClure if she was okay.

“He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong,” says McClure. “He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors.”
What happened next made my jaw drop. Read the whole story here.  This young woman also did something in response that I found unusual and heartwarming.

Kate McClure and Johnny
If you'd like to read more stories of light, please visit the blogs of our wonderful hosts this month:

 Shilpa Garg, Inderpreet Uppal, Sylvia Stein, Susan Scott, Andrea Michaels and Damyanti Biswas

Or visit this page or the #WATWB Facebook page for links to even more blogs that share stories of light with the online world.  If you'd like to join the blogfest, you can sign up here.


Michelle Wallace said...

Such a wonderful story!
I love the random acts of kindness. The element of surprise is always so heart-warming... and in this particular story, it has an amazing boomerang effect!
Thank you for sharing!

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Shilpa Gupte said...

That was the most beautiful gesture a stranger could have done!
We rarely talk to strangers, hardly ever turn to them for help, or believe they might help. But, if we really open up our hearts, we never know, we might meet a beautiful angel in disguise!
Thank you for sharing this story!

Indywrites said...

That is a story of the human spirit and kindness. God bless kind strangers :)
Thank you for sharing.
~Inderpreet @

Gina said...

Thank you to Michelle, Shilpa, and Inderpreet for your comments on this post! I loved this story. So often when a motorist is stranded, it's easy to think the worst of someone who approaches on foot. I loved how this story turned out.