The Kindness of Strangers – Day 15
by Jim Herbert
Thank you to a Stranger #15
This morning I started to stir in bed at the sound of heavy equipment. It’s happened quite a bit in the past few months. Then as I started to fall back asleep the doorbell rang. This too has happened more than a few times lately. The city us replacing the 90 year old sewer lines.
When I went to answer the door a man in a yellow vest asked me if the car in the street was mine. I told him it was not and he thanked me and went to the next house.
Part of me was frustrated that I had to be disturbed for something that didn’t relate to me. I follow the posted “no parking” signs and park in the garage or on another side street. Another part of me remembered that it’s no fun having to walk up and down the street ringing all the doorbells and getting scowled at.
It’s also no fun to be the person who goes to leave for work only to find out that their car has been towed by a work crew that didn’t even bother to check to see if it could be moved before having it towed.
So thank you to the guy who had the thankless job of ringing the doorbells on our street in the morning. I’m sure someone was very grateful for the warning!
I wanted to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I’m hitting my stride. I’m also a budding speech writer. I’ve recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Website: http://www.emergingintojoy.com.