Philadelphia Kindness

This morning I witnessed an act of kindness that made me feel good to be a Human and live in this wonderful city of Philadelphia. I normally walk up the Parkway on my way to work and today was no different. As I turned left onto the parkway from 20th street I noticed a woman in front of me. I wouldn’t have thought anything of it, as I often see people in front of me, but just as I turned she left the sidewalk and walked into the grass.

My first reaction was “What the heck is she doing” as she was in high heels and the grass was muddy and wet from last nights rain. As I followed her path with my eyes I saw a gentleman sitting on a slab of concrete with a fence that sits overlooking the Vine Street Expressway. He looked homeless and was just watching the grass grow. I don’t think he even saw the woman moving his way.

She said something to him, but I was too far away to hear. I saw his eyes light up and a big smile come to his face. She reached over to hand him a cup of coffee, it might have been Starbucks, but it looks like it might have come from the vendor 2 blocks away. I noticed that she had another cup of coffee in her other hand, presumably for herself.

This amazing woman, woke up today and thought that she would do something nice for someone. I have no idea if she passes this man regularly, or if this was a random act of kindness. The woman bought two cups of coffee this morning with, what I imagine, intent to give one away. She walked 3 blocks with 2 cups of coffee and not only made this man’s day, but also made my day.

When I witnessed this I realized that this was a true act of kindness. I felt proud to be part of this human race, and proud to live in this city.

To the woman I saw this morning, you just made my small list of amazing people. Thank you.

2 Comments so far

  1. Sherri W. (unregistered) on May 14th, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    This was such a great story—I’m glad you shared it with us.

  2. mary (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    That touched my heart as well. I miss the other Bush’s “kinder & gentler America”, when the grassroots effort to commit random acts of kindness and senseless beauty was alive & well. Attitudes are contagious, and this sweet lady’s sure is worth catching.

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