Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.
The Nice Thing About Strangers
Mothers walking with daughters needed time to assess whether to engage strangers, especially strangers who smiled too much and managed to turn up lost just past the auto repair shops in Şişli. The young mother and her daughter always walked the same route, but on that afternoon they happened upon something new: a wayward tourist asking directions to Taksim from tea-drinking men who likely hadn’t spoken to a foreign woman before and certainly didn’t know how to simplify their instructions.
One man walked the tourist to the street and pointed to the start of the route. Then he added such a series of “left turn, right turn, straight on, over and under” that although it was the young mother’s native tongue and daily path, she herself would have gotten lost. Meanwhile, the tourist nodded politely without comprehension and the confidence faded from her still-present smile. After excessive thank yous, the…
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happy birthday to your Mom! Carina
Thank you, Carina! I think she had a great day! 🙂
Happy Birthday to you mother! Blessing and Happiness, love, nia
Nia, thank you so much for the well-wishes!
happy birthday to mom, great post ) beth
I appreciate it, Beth! She had a nice day, and she’ll be happy to know someone is reading the blog. 🙂
A wonderful post and reminded me of the kindness shown to me in Germany by the proprietor of a cafe who, upon learning that I needed to get to Hameln (approx 20km away) and had no transport, escorted me to his Mercedes carrying my luggage and stowing it in the boot of the car then drove me to a small train station. He then made sure I had purchased the correct ticket and left me at the station. Neither of us spoke many words of the other’s language but I appreciated his kindness hugely.
Hope your mum had a wonderful birthday.
Hi my friend, I love your story. It’s so wonderful when we find strangers who offer us their time and compassion.
Mom had a lovely day. Thank you!
Happy Birthday to your Mom! I, too, am lucky. My Mom is 89, and Dad is 91.
Thank you, Robert! What a gift to have your folks with you! 🙂 I wish them all the best!
Birthday Blessings to your mom!