Adversity can sometimes create wonderful opportunities for humans to shine and bring forth great joy. On my recent commute home from work by foot, a sudden rain storm caught me unawares and unprepared. Minus an umbrella, I was getting quite wet and so I stood under a street tree for a while. I soon decided this was not a good idea when the lightning started to flash and I started to consider some alternatives.
I noticed the little house infront of me had a verandah and the front door was open, indicating that someone was home. I knocked and asked the owner if she would mind if I took shelter under her verandah, to which she heartily agreed. She made a comfy spot on her day bed for me to sit, then disappeared inside. A short time later she emerged with a tray holding a refreshing cold drink of water in a fancy vodka bottle, at which we both laughed. The rain soon stopped and I continued my journey home, dry and happy to have been on the receiving end of a lovely act of kindness.
The following day on my walk to work, I passed by that little house and could not go past without placing a frangipani on the letterbox to show a gesture of gratitude. This is the story of my commute and I hope it conveys a message of how nice things can eventuate when you least expect...
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