One day, we got the kids all loaded into the car (ages 10, 6, and 3), I dropped Steve off at work, and the kids and I headed to an appointment (in our only car).
At the time, I was experiencing major fatigue from hidden mold and mold toxins in our house, but I didn’t realize it. I thought the fatigue was only a side-effect from a medication I had been taking and had recently stopped.
We arrived at the office, and I struggled to get our three-year-old out of her car seat and into her wheelchair; (she was born with spina bifida). I wearily pushed her wheelchair up the ramp, struggled with the front door, and came in. We made our way to the waiting area, and our older kids began to play. I can’t remember, but I probably tried to get out something interesting for our youngest child to look at or play with.
Then the person behind the desk called my name, but before I could get up, she told me my appointment was NEXT week. I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t surprise me that I had gotten confused about the date, but all that effort had been for nothing, and I would have to do it again next week.
Could she squeeze me in, I asked.
No, that really wasn’t going to work.
I’m sure the disappointment and weariness showed on my face.
But immediately, glancing at me and our daughter’s wheelchair, another client offered for me her appointment spot! The person behind the desk started to protest, but the other client insisted I take her appointment, and then another person chimed in, saying they could come another day.
It was over five years ago, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. My eyes are tearing up even now at remembering this kindness from strangers.
People, don’t underestimate the impact your kindness can have on another human being.
“Love is patient, love is kind….” I Corinthians 13:4a
Christa Upton Black Hills Picture Books PO Box 293 Custer, SD 57730