That was us, on our way. We took many walks that Spring, but that one was memorable because it was Mother's Day. What seared it into my mind, though, is that as we were walking down the street, a car pulled out of a driveway and headed away from us. Then the driver stopped, and the car reversed to my side. A woman rolled down the window, smiled at me and said, "Happy Mother's Day!"
I felt so special and proud. I had already gotten lots of Mother's Day attention from my sweet husband and family, but to have a stranger give me a not-required shout out like that? Well, that was something.
It was a small gesture, but it was above and beyond what we normally experience from strangers in this rush-rush, ear buds in, eyes averted, world. Being the recipient of that small gesture has made me much more likely to say, "Happy Mother's Day" or "Happy Easter" or "Happy Thanksgiving" to anyone I meet on those particular days. It has made me more aware of others, although I still have fixed-gaze days. Still, I have often looked back on that memory and wondered if the woman's reversal was impulsive, or if she knew exactly what she was doing?
Has a stranger ever made your day?
Have you ever been the day-maker?
Do you look for ways to spread joy, even in the simplest ways, to strangers?
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