The Kindness of a Stranger
After a very long day of caring for more than one hundred injured and orphaned wild babies I noticed that we were running low on yogurt and bananas. These are two items that are always needed to feed all the little wild ones.
Looking a bit tired and disheveled I headed for the local market. I proceeded to put 8 or 9 bunches of bananas in my cart along with 6 or 7 large containers of yogurt and wheeled my cart in line at the check-out. A woman came behind me asked why I had so many bananas and containers of yogurt. I explained that I run a wildlife rehab center and the bananas are a favorite of baby raccoons and opossums and that yogurt is mixed into all the formula adding extra calcium and live cultures which aid the babies’ digestion.
The gentleman in front of me had checked-out and was fiddling with his bag of groceries at the end of the aisle. The check-out girl rang up my order. The man in front stepped back and said “I will be paying for this order.” I looked at him and he said “Thank-you for all you do for the animals.” I thanked him for his kindness and he left.
I never got his name, Deeds such as this make all the sacrifices, the long hours and exhaustion worth while. I will always remember the kindness of a stranger.