The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Give It Away

They arrive in a giant collection truck with the charity name printed on the side. When the man throws open the back door, it is already half-full of bags of donated clothing. They are here to clear out the donation drop by the gas station–a man in an American flag bandana, a woman in a puffy purple coat, and a boy in a green jacket and stocking cap.

The boy hops as the man swings a sack back and forth, gaining momentum, then releasing the sack at just the moment to send it all the way to the rear of the pile. He throws for distance and the boy delights in the game.

The woman tries a sort of discus throw. Her sack of goods falls practically in front of her on the truck, just about a foot away, and the boy boos. She offers him a chance, the tiny boy with a tiny grocery bag, and he tosses the sack straight up in the air. It nearly falls on his head. He laughs, he tumbles around the man and woman, he cheers in their swift duties.

“Come on, Dad!” The father puffs up his chest to show them how its done–swinging the sack to height, letting go, the bag of donated clothing catapulted into the deep of the plastic pile. The boy takes his father’s hand after they close the doors, as he moves on to the next stop with his hero.

–Nebraska.

Night over Nebraska

Night over Nebraska

12 comments on “Give It Away

  1. Renee
    November 15, 2013

    A captured Nebrska moment. Lovely. Renee

  2. kiwiskan
    November 15, 2013

    love this

  3. hughcurtler
    November 16, 2013

    Delightful!

  4. Browsing the Atlas
    November 16, 2013

    I’m about to re-enact this story myself. I have several bags ready for Goodwill.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 16, 2013

      I have a set of Goodwill wares as well. I don’t think I’ll chuck them into the store this way, though. 🙂

  5. lagottocattleya
    November 16, 2013

    I can see them.

  6. gardenpinks
    November 16, 2013

    Just had the Salvation Army pass by to collect a huge bag of clothes. I have more space in the wardrobe and the Salvation Army will make some much needed cash to help the homeless – a win-win situation 🙂 Beautiful photo x

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 16, 2013

      Agreed! There are so many ways to pass on good things.

      The photo was a happy accident at sunset. Most of my pics are that way! 😀

  7. joannerambling
    November 16, 2013

    Yeah I am a big fan of giving away my old unwanted clothes…………..

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 16, 2013

      Sometimes I find rather new items that I purchased in a mood of “trying something new,” that can also move on to a happier home. 🙂

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