She stood in front of the gas pump perhaps looking a little worn. For a couple weeks, there had been endless nights of little sleep with a sick baby. Fatigue hung on her eyes as she stood counting change from her purse to put gas in the car. Seven dollars…all she had on her at the time. But, when she went to pre-pay the amount, someone had added another ten to her tank.
This angel unaware appeared in my daughter’s life a couple of days ago. Stories like this seem to surface consistently around holiday time. Maybe it is the season…the end-of-year-giving- feeling…or truly angels…but whatever the reasons, we know the stories give us hope in mankind. They remind us of the potential for good in all of us.
This year the biggest story has been about a man who leaves tips in the thousands at local restaurants and bars…now that is good service. We have a Starbuck’s near us with a great service window problem….every now and then someone will start a morning trend of paying for the order behind them. I often have students who benefit from the elf at the window.
As a journalism teacher who is consumed by bad news most of the day, I need these stories of hope to refresh my soul. The truth is we are not all haters…bullies…shooters…and angry. There are a lot of individuals in this world who look to do good every day and bless others.
A brigade of angels unaware...
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