The man in front of me in the grocery checkout line looked homeless. He was what we call a “woods guy” – red lumberjack jacket, none too clean and unshaven. He moved his groceries to give me room and placed the bar to separate our groceries. After I thanked him for his thoughtfulness he grinned a shy toothless grin at me. When the cashier took my bananas, adding it to my benefactor’s, his eyes sparkled as he said he’d almost paid for them. The beer bellied man behind me joined in the discussion about kindness in this world. As we joked, I said “Gee, I should’ve let him get the whole lot!” My benefactor grinned that toothless grin again and said “I would’av if you din’t have any money.” I was deeply touched. It changed my whole day.
Just when I am despairing about the world’s present moral abyss, this happens. The man behind me in the lineup assured me that goodness is still hiding in unexpected places.
Yes, it is, thank God.