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May 20, 2013


it was just a minute-long moment,
insignificant really
60 little seconds at the local shop
buying a pack of gum

i dumped the contents of my change purse on the counter
brown pence mixed with silver coins
searching frantically for 50p
but not wanting to be that old lady getting rid of her change
and holding the line up
of which there was none
but one is always worried about such things
in a city that is constantly spinning

and the old man behind the counter said
“here, you give me change and i count for you”
and he counted the pence and two-pence coins
and took all the small change away
and then he smiled and said thank you
and that was that

i told you
it was just a moment
insignificant really
but in that moment
his was the face of kindness
and i left that shop

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2013 9:13 am

    This is such a beautiful moment. I think the world would be a better place if everyone would pay attention to the moments that make us feel lighter. If we paid attention to the kindness that surrounds us, and that we take for granted, or ignore completely.

    This is a great reminder for me today. I will pay attention. And be grateful.

  2. May 21, 2013 11:11 am

    yes. i get that. lovely. glad you had such a moment.

  3. May 21, 2013 4:21 pm

    Gorgeous. You have such a beautiful way with words. I also like what Megsie said, small moments of kindness and paying attention – make such a big difference.

  4. Alison permalink
    May 21, 2013 7:17 pm

    What a beautiful moment. So glad you were able to live that and be aware. xxxooo

  5. May 23, 2013 8:00 pm

    Such a beautiful encounter.

  6. June 10, 2013 2:13 pm

    What a beautiful post. I too get that irrational moment of panic when counting out my change… am I holding people up, will they think I can’t count, am I being a pain etc. I remember the same such kindness when I travelled to the USA and my jet-lagged brain was struggling with the small change. Kind moments to be treasured.

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