Restoring Faith in Humanity Vol. 23

Dear PoPville,

I live off the U Street corridor with my hubby and two kids–5 and 1 1/2. We had our pumpkins, that my daughter lovingly picked from a pumpkin patch, outside (not yet carved) inside of our small fenced in yard. Someone stole all 4 of our pumpkins in broad daylight. I was so upset, I put up a sign saying “To the person who stole our pumpkins, we have a very sad 5 year old. Please return them.” Jump to 8:30 pm, my doorbell rang.

There was a woman in a wheelchair–had to be in her 60s or 70s – who read our sign and was so upset, she went to the store to buy a pumpkin for my daughter!! A huge pumpkin! That this poor woman had to carry from the store in her wheelchair to our house! I was taken back by such a kind gesture. I told her I couldn’t accept, but she insisted, and I asked if I could please, please give her something (as I didn’t mean for someone ELSE to replace the pumpkins!) and she just said that I should do something nice for someone else.

My daughter told the story last night to her grandparents. When they asked if she knew who the woman was she said, “an angel.”

Thought it was amazing! Faith in humanity restored.

35 Comment

  • PDMtP

    Yay people who don’t suck!

  • Really heartwarming, thanks for passing that story on.

  • So amazing :)

  • That is a big pumpkin! That is also a great story.

  • that just brought tears to my eyes. how wonderful.

  • anon. gardener

    This is the nicest story I’ve read in a long long time.

  • sweet story, sweet pic!

  • I said once and I’ll say it again: “Not all people in DC suck!”

    Great Story!

  • Thank you for sharing! It is nice to have a reminder that not everything’s crap, at least every once in a while.

  • What a nice story and a great mid-week pick me up.

  • I’m totally tearing up at my desk. Thank you for sharing.

  • That is a lovely story, and I am so glad there is no snarky commentary following this. Yay for the angel!

  • Two thumbs up!

  • Very cool!

    My problem is the darned squirrels, they munched down the 1st two I had on our porch, now all the replacements are inside until closer to the big day!

  • Wonderful story. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • I love this.

  • Sweet! Thanks for posting!

  • Loved this! Thanks for sharing!

  • I live at 10th and W and I’ve had pumpkins stolen off my porch three times this month. It’s nice to hear about good neighbors!

    • Hey neighbor! I’ve seen a lot of people in our ‘hood keeping their pumpkins lit up right inside their front-of-house windows. Seems like a better way to protect (and display) your pumpkins.

      I’d put money your pumpkins are being stolen by the kids who get out of school at 3pm. I stayed home from work last Friday (first time since school started up) and did a bunch of yard work. From 3pm to 4pm, the intersections between Florida and U Street are utter chaos. Kids running everywhere, getting in fights, knocking on front doors, grabbing property that isn’t bolted down, etc. School cops cars are all over the place blaring sirens and yelling at the kids over the vehicle’s loudspeakers. It’s pretty crazy.

      • I know some will say “kids will be kids” but really it’s just depressing. These kids (and I use the term loosely) apparently have no moral compass, no sense of right and wrong…apparently they just don’t give a damn about anything or anyone. Like I said, depressing. At least there are some good people out there to try to balance the useless little sh*ts who stole the pumpkins.

        • Yeah, it’s definitely beyond the normal levels of youthful mischief. The problem is that hundreds of the kids stream down 13th, 11th, and 10th streets at the same time, on their way to the U Street buses or the metro station. The kids are actually pretty well behaved in their small groups in the morning. But once they get out of school – and especially when they are all walking in massive groups – they start doing stupid things. The anonymity of being in a large group, the desire to impress their friends, and the pent up energy of being in school all day becomes combustible. And their certainly are not enough cops to watch them all. It’s going to get even crazier next year when Cardozo fully opens after construction is completed.

  • wonderful story, thanks for sharing. It’s refreshing to hear of good deeds being done in our neighborhood.

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

  • Next time, a spring-loaded booby trap!

  • years ago i was sitting with my neice on Halloween giving out candy. she loved giving away treats. we ran out. she then gave away all the candy that SHE HAD COLLECTED earlier. we still sat on the stoop enjoying the costumes, but had to tell kids we were out. some kids were rude about it. one group of teens (barely in costumes) came up, we said sorry. i told them we gave ours away and Lily also gave all HERS away. they went down the steps, half way down the sidewalk to the neighbors — then turned around, came back, emptied their bags into our bowl and said “here little girl, now you have more candy to give away.” i’ll never forget that. it still brings tears to my eyes.

  • Love this story. An angel, indeed!

  • I know it’s incredibly stupid to ever post an address on the internet, but I really want to know where this family lives so I can bring them three more pumpkins to fully restore them to pre-jackass levels of pumpkin ownership…

    • OP here. Thanks so much ShawGuy-how kind and thoughtful! Best thing you can do is an act or random kindness to honor our “angel.”. We are sad about the 3 pumpkins but the story and huge pumpkin certainly make up for what started as a lousy day. Thanks again for your kindness!

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