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Two days ago as I was driving into work I saw a kid holding a sign for a company and thought to myself its really cold outside I should bring this kid some coffee or hot chocolate.
During the day I was really busy and forgot. About 3 o clock
this black kid came into the Salon and he looked really shy I walked up front and asked him if he just needed to get warm he said no but do you think I could use the bathroom I am really sorry.
I thought this is the kid holding the sign. Now I can do something for him, as he walked into the bathroom he looked at the cake and cookies on the table. My heart broke so I went into the back and made him a big plate and some coffee.
As he walked out I handed him the plate he looked up at me and just said Thank you ma‘am. Now we really don’t use that word in NY Ma‘am and why did my heart brake.
Today this kid came in again for the bathroom I was alone getting some work done and said Ma‘am can I use your bathroom again I am sorry. I said no problem. As he walked out I said why don’t you sit and have a fresh cup of coffee its really cold out I will make a new pot for you. His eyes lit and said you would do that. I made a fresh pot of coffee and he warmed up.
Now I wanted to talk to him. Here is what he said when I asked him how his job was going.
I love my job I live on Highland Ave and I was getting into trouble so I thought if I got a job I could really make something of my self I know its not much but I love working. I said that is really great keep up the great work and you can use the bathroom or warm up any time. He said thank you Mam. As he was walking out the door he stopped and said to me “You know the best part of this job is some days I meet really nice people like you. Thank you Ma‘am

This really made me think of doing something nice everyday doesn’t cost you anything and makes you feel good.



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      Holly Hanson wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • Super Sweet!!  I love your story,  it is just what this girl needed to here.  I also try to do things that make a difference.  But not in the sort of way that people fawn all over me because that’s not what it’s all about.  It feels so great to see that light in someones eyes go on, and it really doesn’t take much. One day I left a quarter in the cart at the Aldi’s store and some guy said “Hey you forgot your quarter“, so I said “No I didn’t” and he goes “Whatever!“.  I just laughed but a few days later I went back to Aldi’s and went to stick my quarter in the cart and I’ll be jiggered there was already a quarter.  It was pretty cool.  I saw a movie once and the leading lady said “I have always relied on the kindness of strangers“.
      Nice Job!!



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • I love this.....you are right...it costs nothing to be kind to others.  

      And as far as “ma‘am” is concerned...I’m down in here in the south and that is how I was brought up....“no ma‘am..yes ma‘am“.  I was taught that it shows respect for others and frankly it just sounds nicer.  I can’t stand to hear kids especially answer me “yeah“.  “Yes..is okay...but I just like to hear “yes ma‘am and no ma‘am“.  It just sounds respectful.  

      This kid may have not had much but what he did have was manners...and the sense to make a change in his life.  If he keeps it up he will definitely go far.  

      Thanks for sharing your story...



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      Womensafety wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • Sense to make a change in his life. That is what I was thinking. The best part is that I really did not think it was just the way it happen. Sharing is a great gift Monnalissa I know one thing he gave me more then I gave him. I hope he stops by every day just to remind me of what I have and never forget where I came from or where I could end up.  

      Thanks Ladies I loved your feedback and this site



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      Mz. Queen wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • God will bless you for your kindness.

      Someone asked, “what is neighborly?”  This was and is.

      Neighborly is just not your neighborhood but your immediate vicinity.

      much love
      47



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      Mztracy wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • ok the vapors here!

      like teek, i am a huge sucker for this!!

      Wow, well done!



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • Just return from church and this is the first blog I read, and it touched my heart just as much as the sermon did.  Great story, your kindness and generosity is worth a million and more words.  You were a light for that young man.  If he does return one day soon, he will return later to once again thank you...



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      Jenz ~ wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • tears!

      You rock. And he’ll never forget you. :)



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      Womensafety wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • I have to tell you I am so taken back by all your wonderful comments I think I told you this story because of what he did for me not what I did for him. I never gave it a second thought after I saw him look at the cookies. It was what I would think most people would do.
      Thevintaged
      Not sure why mentioning his ethnic background was relevant to the story. I would have said the same thing if it was a white young guy. When it happened I never gave it a thought.  

      Thank you for your great thoughts Love to hear your stories it helps make things easier through the holidays. My sister just lost her 25 year old son to a drunk driver  and three months later her 17 year old son so life has been a fog for my family for a while, I never take a second for granted enjoy the moment while your in it. As this young man gave me a smile and something to remember.



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • OMG, I have chills, I am so deeply sorry for your lost.  Wishing you and your family all the best, stay strong and keep the faith.



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • That is so awful. I cannot even begin to imagine the emptiness.  All I can say is lean on God...he will take care of you all.



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      Womensafety wrote Dec 7, 2008
    • It was a nightmare my sister is very strong and we have a large family to lean on the holidays are a time for togeather We make like they are in the next room. We play video of them so it keeps them near to us. It works for us not everyone can do this but we cry and laugh and know she has 3 beautiful grand children from her daughter to keep us all busy around the Holidays. My Sister say all the time
      I have no regrets she spent quality time with her kids they played sorry & puzzles when it snowed and enjoyed ever moment with them. God & Family  is really the only way to get through this.  

      Stop and enjoy the Moment never have any regrets. It does help.  

      Thanks again for your support.



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      Linni wrote Dec 7, 2008
    • thank you so much for sharing your story! im in tears here! lol  

      what a blessing it is to give to others thinking that we are blessing them, not realizing that the blessing is for us as well! :)

      I will keep you and your family in my prayers..Rely on THe Lord. He will be your strength and comfort..
      Blessings
      Linni



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