Kindness of Strangers

Recently I’ve been thinking about the kind things that random people do for each other. Give directions, give the time, help with shopping, take photos and etc. etc. It really amazes me. Perhaps I’m not a kind person so it doesn’t make sense that people would go out of their way to help someone they don’t know. I couldn’t say the reason but I might see a random act of kindness throughout the day and know that if I were in the situation I probably wouldn’t have done the same.

That being said, last week I was feeling a bit ill and wanted something to help with my burning throat so I took a trip down to the local shops. On the way out of the shops as I was starting my trip home some guy called to me from his car and asked if I could give him a hair band or hair pin (yes, he said hair pin, cute!). I gave him a ‘huh’ look and said that no, I didn’t in fact have either.
He was, however, persistent and requested that I find one (I know, right?). Generally, I think at this point I would normally be turning around and walking away but for whatever reason I indicated that well, I could find one but it was in fact in my hair. Unfazed, he asked for it.

And? Well, I pulled it out of my hair and gave it to him. He seemed happy, commented that I looked better with my hair down (yes, smooth my friend, smooth) and claimed that I was a life saver. However strange this all was to me he seemed content with my hair band that most probably still had hair in it. Good deed done for the day.

This was when I thought ‘woah, did I just give some guy my hair band?’ and wondered why people do these strange but nice things for others.
I still can’t quite work it out… do we do it because we are nice people or do we do it because we want people to think we are nice people?
Maybe, like I said. I’m just not nice people.

3 comments

  1. Annie says:

    hi Kalliste! Thanks for visiting my site and for those sweet words. Thanks for appreciating my layout. Yours is simple but is very lovely! I love the bg pattern and the color choices.

    Btw, it was a good deed indeed.. but quite unusual one. First, a strange guy demanded it, also, it was your hairband. Usually good deeds are deeds of help, not of giving away, unless for less fortunate. XD it was an interesting story. If it were me, i would have probably turned back and considered it rude for the guy who was demanding for my band, not even asking nicely about it. ^^

  2. amy says:

    hi ๐Ÿ™‚
    I just came upon your site and I love the simplicity of it. I think it’s cool that you took the time to reflect on deeds that go unnoticed. It’s crazy that he wanted your hair band. ๐Ÿ˜› But it’s cool that you gave it to him.

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