Mamamia reader Ivy writes: Over the weekend, my sister relayed a story that brought tears to my eyes. It was a timely and powerful reminder of the overwhelming beauty of human kindness. I wanted to share it.
My sister is 29 weeks pregnant. She also confesses to being ‘a little hormonal’ right now. In other words, she can get a bit tired and emotional from time to time.
So when she left home Friday afternoon for some much needed time-out from running around after her beautiful but busy two-year-old – she was feeling a little teary. To top it off, she had just an argument with her partner “over something trivial” and was feeling a little down about it.
On the way to treat herself to a pedicure, she was accosted by a man seeking donations for a well-known charity.
It’s important to note here, that my sister is not very good at saying ‘no’. So much so, that as children, when the Jehovah’s Witnesses came knocking on our door, she would stand reading passage after passage from the Bible until one of us managed to stifle our laughter enough to come and rescue her. We would politely tell them we weren’t interested. But, thank you very much.
So, when she was hit up for a donation, she politely, and quite happily, reached into her purse and pulled out a $10 note. Before she could hand it over, though, the man asked if she would donate $25 instead.
Unable to find that elusive word – ‘no’ – my sister handed over $25 before walking away and bursting into tears.
She says it wasn’t the fact she had given money away that had upset her. She was disappointed she hadn’t been able to say no; felt she had somehow been taken advantage of; and already feeling rattled by the earlier argument with her partner, she cried.
She walked further along the street, wiping her tears with the back of her hand, before going into a nearby fruit shop.
Suddenly, a woman got out of her car and walked into the store towards her.