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The Lady in the Red Coat

My grandfather was in line at the grocery store the other day when a woman in a red coat barged in front of him, plopping a large package of toilet paper directly on top of his groceries.

Startled, he looked up and saw by her animated gestures to the clerk that she was deaf. Not understanding sign language he had no idea what she was saying, but being the gracious soul he is, he let her cut in front of him without a word.

Soon it was his turn. The clerk rang up his few groceries and as he reached for his wallet she smiled and informed him that his groceries had already been paid for.

By the woman in the red coat.

It happened a week ago, but my grandparents still talk about it, smiling broadly as they shake their heads in disbelief.

It makes me smile too.

These days when it seems like the only news is bad news, it’s lovely to think of the lady in the red coat and know there are still beautiful people in this world showing love and generosity without a thought of reward or thanks.

Have you ever received an unexpected kindness from a stranger?

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bellini - I would really have to think about it but I’m syre there have been small things throughout the years that leave me with faith in my fellow man. This really was a kindness from a perfect stranger Krista.

the fisherlady - love this story! thanks for sharing and for the encouragement to bless others

Fifi Flowers - LOVE that story! Andddd LOVE this photo!!!

Art Benjamin - Three cheers for the “Lady in the Red Coat.”

RamblingTart - It sure was, Val, and I thought it was so lovely. 🙂

RamblingTart - Me too, dear fisherlady! 🙂 It cheered my heart tremendously. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Fifi!! So glad they made you happy today. 🙂


Duchess - What a wonderful story, thanks so much for sharing!

darci - oh I LOVE the random acts of kindness that sometimes, just sometimes, happen. What a wonderful story-thanks for sharing it! 🙂 made me smile, and reminded me to BE kind!

Theresa - Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this. My daughter Tori said it was too bad no one wanted to pay our $300 grocery bill for the week 🙂

Connie - Thanks for sharing this story! It is so nice to hear about the kindness and generosity of people, especially strangers! It also reaffirms my faith and belief in the goodness of people.

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] - What a lovely story! I used to be in a club in High School called, “random acts of kindness”. It was so fun ! We surprised people who needed a pick-me-up or who deserved recognition.

Tuula - Oh wonderful Krista! Got all sorts of warm fuzzies reading this 🙂 Small human kindnesses are what makes this world go ’round. On Weds, a very nice young gentleman (teenager at that) stopped to help me pump gas at the station – was my first time here & struggling. Really made my week – way to go to your grandfather, lovely story!

LindyLouMac in Italy - What a wonderful gesture to read about.

Nicole - Lovely story, Krista. A nice reminder that the world is full of kind and generous people. 🙂

Ayngelina - Wow. What a great story.

But how did she know how much he spent?

rain - ohhhh
i LOVE this…
thank you for sharing this breathtaking story.

-maria- - Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

This is a lovely story – unexpected kindness makes you smile for days, even weeks!

Corinne @ Gourmantic - What a beautiful story! Reaffirms that there is good in the world.

Funny you should ask – my latest post is such a story 🙂

Annie - How sweet!! Sometimes I think that people like this don’t exist in the world and it’s so nice to hear such great stories! 🙂

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