An old lady from across the road ambles on her walker to the neighbour’s place. Stiffly bending, she picks up the newspaper from their garden and resumes her journey to the front door, placing it there for late morning collection. There is no need to do this – the neighbours flex and walk faster than her, but she does it, most mornings.
She gives me a silent smiling wave as she slowly makes her way home.
My neighbour seems a kind person and every morning, my neighbours and me, are better off for having encountered her presence.
Drops of kindness. A small task for another. A smiling wave or greeting. It doesn’t take much but those seemingly insignificant gestures of kindness impact others greatly, turning an ordinary day into a significant one.