Celebrating the Random Kindness of our Neighbors

By Jean A.

Despite achy knees I walked to the local post office on Damen and Montrose, intending to send off a piece I had written for the Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Foundations.  Few people were in the station, and I gave my envelope to the postal carrier. “A dollar fifteen,” he said.

As I swirled my hand around in the dregs of my purse, I realized I had left my wallet at home.  A woman standing directly behind me said, “I’ll pick it up.”  I was totally taken aback, embarrassed at such an oversight.  “Oh, ” she said, “I’ve done the very same thing.”  Well, with much gratitude, I accepted her generosity and said I’d put the $1.15 in the collection plate.

I walked out of the post office, struck by the random goodness of people in this big city.  I was due for a meeting in the 47th Ward office to plan for the up-coming Ward Health Fair on September 24th.  I walked into the office and, sitting at the welcome desk was the very person, Mary, who had so generously paid my postal costs.  I recognized her immediately, but she didn’t recognize me.  “This is amazing!  I can now pay you back,” (since I had returned home to get my wallet).  “Oh, no. How can you have such a good feeling for $1.15,” she replied.  I said, “You can’t even get a cup of coffee for that price.”

And that is one more of the heart-warming stories to share about this city, filled with so many other kinds of stories.  Keep these in your mind.

About FWDCHI

Forward Chicago, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, envisions our neighborhoods as model communities for people of all ages, where residents can age in place while remaining active, engaged and influential.

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