A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way …
By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@GeeGranny on Twitter
Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
Yesterday Skip and I had to run errands, and he needed to stop by to speak to someone. I didn’t know the people, so I sat in the car. I had my phone to occupy, entertain me.
As I sat there, I admired the beauty surrounding the home we were at. It sat beside a swamp .. with a pier. I looked out over the water … beautiful aquatic plants were everywhere. Do you know what I thought of?
Alligators. Yes, my mind had to conjure up alligators … and my mind began making up a story! I just know this … no one would ever catch me sitting on the end of the pier, swinging my feet! It’s the writer in me … not only that, I saw something on the news I’d never seen, heard before. It was on our local news, yesterday.
At Kerr Lake … a man was attacked by a … beaver! Yes, a beaver attacked him while he was in the water. His daughters were videoing the beaver … they were laughing. At first it was funny until they all began to be aware that the beaver wasn’t playing, and it wasn’t being cute!
The beaver began biting the man. He had stitches in his upper thigh where the beaver took out a chunk of flesh, and a bite on his knee. They were serious bites! The beaver was relentless! Thankfully the man got back up on the boat. The beaver was swimming around the boat.
The man is now, undergoing rabies shots. Anyway, lately there have been 8 shark attacks at our North Carolina beaches. Not long ago in Raleigh, a coyote attacked a man … normally they don’t do that. It had rabies. There was another attack by rabid raccoon not so long ago. Reminds me of the new series on tv … Zoo.
Anyway, my mind was entertaining me … so, was my phone as I checked my Facebook, email, blogs and such … as I waited for Skip. I’m not the type of person who will go easily into someone’s house at all. I’m not a good visitor at all … it’s just ‘not me’.
I heard the lady speaking, calling my name before I saw her. “Gloria, Gloria … come on inside the house, it’s so hot out here”! She walked toward where I sat … invited me to go inside. She was so nice, I instantly liked her very much. She had to leave to go somewhere … she wanted me to go on inside.
I thanked her, smiling at her. She was smiling at me. I had seen her several years ago at a function we all attended … I didn’t think I would like her at all. Last year, we were all at the same place once again … and she walked over to me, spoke, hugged me … was very nice to me. She and her husband left. I never forgot her kindness.
Same thing … when yesterday she showed such genuine kindness once again. I won’t forget. Though I didn’t go inside her home … I waited for Skip feeling happy from being treated so nicely. Skip and her husband came out to where I was sitting.
Skip introduced him, I shook hands with him. Her husband was very nice, also. Not only that … they were dog-lovers like us. They had 3 dogs … and like all dogs, they loved Skip. Dogs love Skip, they recognize Skip … naturally come to him. They sense he is a good person, loves dogs with his Heart.
Anyway, the woman’s husband was just as nice as she had been. Their kindness touched my Heart, and meant the world to me. In my mind, I kept thinking how a little kindness goes a long way.
Oh … I just saw on Channel 5, our local news … the ocean waves at a Texas beach … beautiful. Guess what was sitting on the beach? A 8 foot alligator! The whole picture was beautiful with waves washing over it, the sun glistening on the water … the healthy alligator!
Artwork by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
No one thinks about alligators being in the ocean … but … they are there. My mind is trying its best at this moment to create a story about that alligator! I can see it now, just hidden by the waves washing over it … little children, a dog … no! Get away! Get away!
Oh … what was important here, what I was trying to convey wasn’t about attacking animals, and such … it was about how kindness goes a long way! 🙂
Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
Note by this Author:
See how my mind was trying to go on to create stories as I was writing about something I thought was special? I do that all the time … when I sit down to write … I have a hard time sometimes, thinking of … what to write about! 🙂
Photos/true color of my life owned/written by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.