“It may have been a routine thing for you, but your act of kindness meant the world to me.”

by Prince Of Petworth October 26, 2016 at 11:10 am 8 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

Thanks to a reader for sharing a note sent to Metro about “a U Street Metro attendant who did something positive and deserves to be commended for it. It was simple, but meant so much to me:

I can’t thank you enough.

It may have been a routine thing for you, but your act of kindness meant the world to me.

I dropped my scarf while running to catch a late train, and you called after me as a man (whom I wish I could also thank) was returning it to me. I didn’t understand you at first as you yelled to me, and may have even seemed annoyed or ungrateful, but the fact that you made sure I received it was very much appreciated. I didn’t even fully process it until after it happened. You could have shrugged your shoulders or cared less, but you didn’t.

A very close friend gave the scarf to me many years ago, and I would have been devastated to lose it. The simple act of calling after me meant so much, and your kindness made me reevaluate my interactions with others.

We are strangers, but we are humans who care for people, and you reminded me that tonight. I only wish I could also thank the man who found my scarf. I don’t know you, but I wish you so much good. And with all of the grief the Metro gets, it should be noted that there are people in its charge who work hard and contribute positively to its riders. It does not go unnoticed.

It’s just a scarf, but it taught me a lesson. Never forget how your simple act of generosity could change a stranger’s poor attitude — I know I won’t!”

  • Timmy

    Thanks for the nice note, OP. It’s important to have reminders of kindness, generosity, beauty, etc every so often.

    This post reminds me of one of my favorite quotes of all time: “Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is about.” – Saul Bellow (Herzog)

  • MorgaNado

    Learning the error of our ways makes our lives better. Your post shows that you are a much better person than before this occasion. Good for You! Spread the word!

  • MR

    Thanks for your note. One thing I’ve been trying to practice since moving to DC is non-complementary behavior (there also was just an Invisibilia episode about it). I think people in DC sometimes have their guards up, but after I show kindness or give a smile, usually people reciprocate and warm up. Your comment about reevaluating your interactions with others hit home for me, and it’s something I’ve been working on for a while now. Props to you for your note, to the Metro worker, and to the man who returned your scarf!

  • MARM

    “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see!!” ~Mark Twain

  • navyard

    Love this note. Thanks OP. Sometimes we’re so rushed that we don’t properly thank others and I’m going to go out of my way today to thank someone or compliment them on a job well done.
    I wish there were a general “Thank you Day” once a week that we all had to find something to be grateful about and share the sentiment — in whatever way appropriate.

  • Thankful Always.

    “Unless you’re completely exploded, there’s always something to be grateful for.”
    ― Saul Bellow, Herzog

    • Timmy

      Two Herzog quotes in one comments section. I love it.

  • wpk_dc

    I love that the OP took the time to write this and publicly thank the Metro attendant. We hear so much negative about the Metro that it’s nice to see a good deed that’s appreciated. Nice. And, yes, these types of stories always make me feel better about humanity, especially given our busy, harried, city lies.


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