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Nancy Roman

Another Good Deed Goes Noticed

I stopped for gas a few days ago at one of the busiest gas stations near my home.

So, yes, it was a Cumberland Farms. I don’t really know if these convenience stores exist all over the country or just in New England, but if you aren’t familiar with Cumby’s, let me just say that they usually have a multiplex of gas pumps, lots of junk food, lottery tickets, and relatively nonpoisonous coffee. Oh, and milk. That’s where the ‘Farm” in Cumberland Farms came from. My father always swore their milk was fresher than the supermarket but I have my doubts. (Of course, now that my father has passed away, he is conferred with absolute perfection, so it must be true.) I will say this for Cumberland Farms – their English Muffins are about the best in the world. Thick, hearty and inexpensive. I often pick up a couple of packages when I stop for gas.

As usual, Cumby’s was jammed. All twelve pumps busy – oh wait, except that one over there… I swerved over to that lane. No wait again, that pump had a yellow hoodie over the nozzle. Which is why no one was there. But I was now in that lane, so I figured I would just wait here for the person at the pump ahead of me to pull out. No swerving required.

So I sat and watched all the folks stand by their cars and pump gas.

And so, thanks to the little gas pump with the bag over its nose, I got to witness a kindness.

In the passenger seat in the car to my left was a young teenage girl. If I had to guess her age I would say probably around 14. She had long brown hair parted in the middle like most girls her age. She had glasses. In my imagination, I thought that she was deep into her phone while her mother pumped gas.

But then…  she got out of the car. She walked over to the car directly in front of me. In that car, in the backseat was a very old man. And an old woman had just exited from behind the wheel as the girl approached.

As the old woman swiped her credit card, the young girl picked up the pump handle, unscrewed the gas cap from the car, and started filling the tank.

I did not see any conversation between the two. The old woman exchanged pleasantries with the man who was pumping on her right. The girl just sort of stared into space and pumped.

The pump did that little jumpy thing to shut off automatically when the tank was full. The girl replaced the nozzle in its holder and strolled back to her own car, and got in.

She still had not spoken with the old woman whose car she had just gassed up.

She just did it.

I tried to catch the young girl’s eye, and when I did, I smiled at her.

She smiled back and gave me a ‘thumbs up.’

Now it’s possible that the girl’s mother told her to go over and pump that lady’s gas. But I didn’t see that.

Or she knew the old woman and was expected to help her. Except they never even had the shortest conversation.

Or she was dreaming of getting her driver’s license and pumping gas let her fantasize that she’s taking care of her own car.

Or she was on her mother’s shitlist for some reason, and thought that she could score some points to redeem herself.

Or even – perhaps there was a boy at one of the other pumps she wanted to impress.

Yes – there are a number of rather selfish reasons the girl might have had to do an unselfish thing.

But here’s what I prefer to think:

The girl thought of her own grandmother when she saw that woman and she hoped that someone would be just as nice to her grandma.

Because isn’t that what all of life is?

Everyone is loved by someone, and we should treat everyone like we would want our own loved ones to be treated.

We are all each other’s loved ones.

 

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40 Comments

  1. A great story, Nancy. Sometimes it’s the little things that happen when we least expect it that make it magical And the world could use a lot more magic.

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    • It was such a small act of kindness, but I was lucky to witness it.

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  2. Have to say, this story says more about you than her… First, you put the best possible spin on it. Second, you thought of all the other possibilities because you have imagination. And third, you’re a writer, so everything is worthy of note. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Gabi. That is such a nice thing to say.

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  3. ngrant41

    Good for you for notice act of kindness – love matters!

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    • Thank you. We should all notice the small good things and kindnesses that human being are capable of.

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      • ngrant41

        I agree – and young people so need our support and encouragement. They get so much bad press.

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  4. I think she was a good person.

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    • I think so too. I hope she has much happiness ahead for her.

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  5. Well, I just teared up at that sweet story! What a wonderful world!

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    • Small acts of kindness are sometimes all we have. But they are enough.

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  6. and the ripple effect is sending smiles around the world 🙂

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    • I hope a small ripple at least. Small acts of kindness make our world a much nicer place.

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  7. this young lady has her own spin on “Paying It Forward” she may not have the dollars to “Pay It” but she has the generosity of spirit. You were fortunate to witness a simple act of kindness.

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    • Yes. I almost didn’t stop because it was so crowded. But then I would have missed something very nice.

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  8. “We are all each other’s loved ones” gave me a little shiver of goosebumps. Needed that today.

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    • If we reminded ourselves that we are all each other’s loved ones, we’d find this a kinder world.

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  9. It’s uplifting seeing things like this, lets hope kindness was the motivation. 🙂

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    • Even if the motivation wasn’t perfect – it was a nice little thing to do. And it made my day as well as helped the woman.

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  10. Nice,love the drawing.

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    • Thanks…. I used to add a little sketch all the time. Maybe I will try to do it more often.

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  11. We certainly are! And if we could remember that we are all someone’s loved one, then maybe we could find it in our heart to be a little more tolerant, and little kinder, and a lot more patient with each other. Thanks for this story!

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    • You expressed it well… Thanks!

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  12. Doesn’t matter why she did it, just nice that she did

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    • I agree. Sometimes even if the motivation doesn’t start our perfect, good deeds still help.

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  13. jhmenor

    That was a nice story to read, I share it and reblog it at my site.
    Jim

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    • Thank you for the re-blog.

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  14. A nice story. I’d love to know more about that young lady. I prefer to think she was doing it out of kindness not because she was told to or to get brownie points.

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    • I agree, but whatever her motive, it was a nice thing to do.

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  15. good to know that little deed means a lot., thanks for sharing it Nancy!

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  16. dragon

    That was really nice of the girl. Being on a tight budget, I do hope the lady was planning o n filling her tank. Still, it was an incredibly kind thing to do.

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    • I didn’t see the woman concerned at all as the girl pump the gas, so I think all was well.

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  17. baddogblogs

    So glad the good deed didn’t go unnoticed and the story wasn’t left untold. Thank you for sharing. Love the picture by the way.

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    • I love to share the nice things I see – and I see a lot of nice small gestures. You probably do too. I’m glad you like the drawing – just a quick sketch, but I like to draw nearly as much as I like to write.

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  18. Red Pixels Delhi's Best Multimedia Institute

    Amazing post.. and very nice drawing.. Keep posting Nancy 🙂

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  19. What a nice story.

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  20. Lovely story. I hope I run into that girl someday. Since I don’t know how to pump gas (!)

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  21. I like your version, Nancy. I choose to believe the best in folks.

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