“What’s the Kindest Thing Someone has Ever Done For You?”

Reddit is a fantabulous source of accounts of good deeds. In May 2013, Redditor Was_That_A_Joke asked, “What’s the kindest thing someone has ever done for you?” Here are some replies: 1) Pamelabonita wrote, “A few years ago, I was in a 4 1/2 year long abusive relationship. Anyway this guy could hurt me, he did. It was the holidays and I went back to my hometown and was having a sushi dinner with my friends from high school that I’ve known forever. While we’re eating, my phone rings. It’s him, screaming at me for going out without asking his permission and accusing me of going out with guys behind his back. I tried explaining quietly to him that I was having dinner with my girlfriends from high school, but he kept screaming so loud my friends heard and became concerned. I tried to look as nonchalant as I could, with some excuse of how I felt sick and needed to go home, my eyes brimming with tears. I guess the waiter noticed when he came to refill our water, and brought me some green tea ice cream in the shape of flowers. I was confused, and told him I didn’t order dessert. He told me, ‘You’re a beautiful girl, and you look so pretty when you’re smiling and happy. I know it’s none of my business, but no one deserves to make you cry.’ I damn near started bawling at the table, but later that night I had an epiphany that if my pain was evident to total strangers who were capable of showing more compassion than some guy who supposedly was in love with me, it was time to leave. 2) Mrs_polamalu wrote, “When I was 14 and a freshman in high school, my family became homeless. We bounced around from shelters to motels to tents, and I missed a lot of my first period Spanish class. Just before winter break one day, my Spanish teacher handed me an envelope on my way out. Inside were two $20 bills, one taped to each side. On the card, she wrote that each year, she puts all of her students’ names in a hat and picks one. That year, my name came up. I remember being so thrilled about a whole $40 and that I could do almost anything with it! I think I treated my family to dinner with it. She knew about my family’s situation and I still wonder whether it was actually random, or whether her drawing was even a thing at all. But it was, and continues to be, a very bright spot during a very dark time.” 3) Numinouscosmos wrote, “When I was a really young [person], my crazy drug addicted mother would spend all of our food money on, you guessed it, drugs. My brother and I were very malnourished and it was obvious to the people in the apartment building. The last apartment down the hall was occupied by two men, whom my mother referred to as ‘faggots.’ I had no idea what it meant at the time, but I do remember that those two guys would leave bags of food in front of our door in the mornings and sometimes boxes of boardgames and toys. I have no doubt that they probably saved my brother and I from a really awful fate. In short: Gay men saved my brother and I from starvation, even though our mother was a hateful bitch towards them.” Many other amazing stories of kindnesses can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/bww5hbj

For Further Information: Was_That_A_Joke, “What’s the kindest thing someone has ever done for you?” AskReddit. Reddit. May 2013

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