Philip was making his daily visit to the Produce Dept of our favorite supermarket, scrutinizing (the way that only he can) the avocados. He overheard a lady nearby say, "Do you think he would like some?" and noticed that she was looking in his direction.
She smiled at him. He smiled back. That's when she popped the question:
"Would you like to have some fresh, home-grown tomatoes? I'm visiting from Palestine (TX, 4 hours away) and will never use them all before they ruin." Philip has never been one to turn down a vine-ripened, home-grown tomato, so he followed her to her car. The tomatoes he brought home from that adventure were delicious!
Over a tomato, sweet onion, fresh herb and balsamic vinaigrette salad, Philip said that he had the feeling the lady wanted to hug him. So they hugged. She refused to accept any payment for something so rare that you just cannot find it in the store anymore.
They parted company with his promise, "I will be paying your kindness forward!"
She answered with another smile.
Can you remember the days when this story would have been so common that it wasn't noteworthy enough to repeat?
Just paying forward my part of a (delicious) kindness!