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Friday, August 23, 2013

Swapping food with strangers

Alone and broken down on an outback road at 10pm in the middle of winter is not a good situation to be in.  This week Terry stopped in his truck to help an elderly man who was in that exact predicament. 

As a sign of his appreciation the man gave Terry a bottle of beer, a pumpkin and a bowl of this dark, sticky honey and honeycomb all of which he had in his car.  Terry still had some of his just warm takeaway dinner in the truck which he gave to the man, sensing just how cold it was out there on the road.  The kindness of strangers is alive and well. 


Have you been kind to a stranger this week?  Or experienced an act of kindness?
Have a lovely weekend friends. 

30 comments :

  1. thanks for sharing this lovely story jane..it's so nice to hear of kindness when the media is mostly saturated with the uglier side of human nature..i hope you have a lovely weekend too..x

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  2. Good on your husband for stopping and helping out. Judging by the food he gave you he was very grateful. x

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  3. What an awesome story - and I'm so glad to hear that there are still people in the world that both give these gestures, and appreciate them. That honeycomb really looks amazing! I had my avon girl (who I only know very briefly) break down in my driveway last week, in the middle of the most ridiculous torrential downpour/windstorm. I made her come in, put the air-con on to thaw her out, and have a coffee while waiting for help to arrive, then forced a parka on her when she went out to try to start it. She was a bit surprised to be honest, I don't think she was expecting me to do any of that! But very appreciative.

    And yesterday at the local community op shop, I was 15c short, after having raided the car for change and everything! The lovely volunteer lady behind the counter let me have it as a discount. It was a great feeling.

    Really just goes to show that people are so much more important than things when it comes down to it!

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    1. Well said Cassandra. It is these little moments that really make us smile isn't it? Thanks for calling in.

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  4. Good for Terry. That honeycomb looks fab - I wonder what the man was planning to do with his pumpkin, honeycomb and beer.
    This week I was helping one of my daughters move out of her London flat at the same time a woman was trying to negotiate some doors and lift with three big suitcases. We just held the doors open for her and moved the suitcases into the lift but she was so grateful as though it was totally unexpected for someone to help (even though we barely thought about it) - but maybe that's the difference between country and city life.

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    1. Thanks Anne, the man was travelling home from Menindee after visiting Italian veggie growers who I think supplied him with the goods! I agree, isn't it sad that receiving help from people has become something unexpected rather than normal. There is certainly a difference between the city and country in that regard...lucky us :)

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  5. Hi Jane! That's a great story. I would hate to be out in the middle of nowwhere at 10pm at night. (The film Wolf Creek is still fresh in my mind). It's easy to forget that there are more good guys out there than bad, and nice stories like this are a great reminder of that fact. I didn't have any nice things happen this week - in fact, I had someone hang up on me at work! A chocolate biscuit and a coffee soon cheered me up though! Hope you have a great weekend. xx

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    1. Thanks Donna, I have never watched Wolf Creek as I spend a lot of time on my own on our farm and it would just freak me out too much! How dare someone hang up on my friend! Thank goodness you had good old reliable chocolate biscuits to fall back on x

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  6. what a lovely story - that one act of kindness is with another. restores faith in people! ah, i've been in cities too long... what plans do you have for that pumpkin?!

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    1. Thanks e, I have already roasted some of the pumpkin. It is almost too warm here for soup at the moment so I need to make plans for the remainder soon!

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  7. I love this story - just freaking awesome. There are some really great people out there and all too often we hear only the opposite. Yay for humanity! :)

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  8. What a great story. :)
    Just the other day we were at an op shop in a little country town and my 4 yo daughter found a frilly pink princess dress-up, which she decided to buy with her recently acquired tooth-fairy money. The lovely lady behind the counter said 'just wait a moment I have something in my car you might like' - she came back with a angel outfit still new in its packaging - 'this is too small for my grand-daughter, would you like it?'. How nice of her!

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    1. Your story is great too Amber...maybe this sort of thing occurs more in the country. Or maybe not, perhaps it is just harder to see in the city. Thanks for calling in :)

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  9. Love reading stories like this. Thanks for making me realise that good old fashioned kindness is still alive and well.

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  10. Lovely story, so kind of Terry to stop and help him out. So heartwarming. x

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  11. Beautiful story Jane. Gorgeous looking dripping honeycomb.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Brydie, honeycomb is amazing stuff isn't it?

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  12. So glad that your Terry stopped to help the elderly gent, who knows what might have happened but not for that act of kindness. And what a lovely gift in return :)

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    1. It was a lovely gift Lizzy, completely unexpected on a dark outback road. One of those totally 'random' moments really :)

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  13. great photographs, a mouthful of dark sticky honeycomb and a swallow beer would be divine right now.

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  14. Oh, I love the country! I am glad that once I enter our road people are the same give you a wave as you pass them by, offer you help or just stop to check in if you are stopped on the side of the road.
    Great story, I wonder if you will ever see the man again.

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  15. I love this story Jane! Just beautiful. I get choked up when elderly people are alone and need help. My mum says that from a very young age I could never leave a park until I was sure the elderly person was with someone who loved them, or got safely onto the bus etc. Such a lovely act he did. x

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane