Those Little Things

There’s a kid I see most mornings who sells newspapers outside by the subway.  He’s there early to meet the truck, the driver tossing them on the sidewalk like a bale of hay.

He’ll come into Starbucks at 5 to wait, while I sit sipping my coffee.  21 if he’s a day, quiet, polite, never asking for a thing.  I’ve tried to treat him more than once, but he always says, no thank you, I’m fine, never wearing gloves even on the coldest day, vigilantly selling those papers wrapped in a hoodie and a tattered gray parka.

Today, I watch as Kim, the tiny Latino barrista who is oh so cheerful at this time, brings this young man a bag where he’s sitting.

Well, the smile on his face breaks all records.  Remember when you were little and made pictures of the sun? It always had a huge smile on it…this is what I think of, watching, as he opens the bag bringing out a tall, hot drink with a slice of lemon pound cake.

I’m covert observing, not wanting to embarrass either of them, and for me it was an omen, because I had just had a self-punishing moment berating myself for the random little things I do for others.

No one cares, I decided tearfully.  Stop playing saint…do everyone, especially you, a favor.

But when I look at this self-possessed lad all aglow because someone he clearly likes thought of him, I see, little things do make a difference….and could very well, quietly, change the world.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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30 Responses to Those Little Things

  1. So sweet and thoughtful! I like their lemon pound cake too! You will never stop being kind. It’s who you are.

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  2. Do not ever feel bad about doing things for others unless it is harmful to you or someone else. I only add that last part as some people go so far as to literally spoil someone and ruin them in some ways and others give so much they suffer needlessly.
    You are a good person. I have noticed that over the months. It’s one of the biggest reasons I still continue reading your blog. Well, that an you are one beautiful woman…I meant to whisper that…did I?

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    • That’s a nice thing to know, thank you. I’m into random acts of kindness, learned it from my grandfather who was the kindest person I’ve ever known. I see, I respond. I melted when she brought him breakfast. It was the first time I ever saw him accept anything. It was wonderful to watch. A real St. Teresa moment…:)

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  3. Coyote from Orion says:

    Putting the hand of friendship out and helping another has actually helped me just as much probably. Maybe more. I still don’t like that saying of it being a selfish ‘program’. I don’t think it’s contrived. I believe that as human beings our natural inclination in nearly all cases for the majority of people is to do the right thing.

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  4. Patricia says:

    You wouldn’t be doing anyone a favor if you stopped being who you are and doing what you do for others!

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  5. micklively says:

    Perhaps today is the day he’s twenty-one?
    Another uplifting tale, Susannah, thank you.

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  6. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, never stop bringing sunshine into this world. Often the smallest act can have the biggest impact.
    Pookie, our children, and I used to deliver gifts and meals on Christmas Eve day to elderly shut-ins. Most of them thought we were Meals On Wheels, despite being told of our coming ahead of time. MOW doesn’t deliver on holidays, so they were happy for the treats, but what they were hungry for the most was our visit and company. People just need to know that some cares, that someone sees them.


  7. Please don’t change! People like you a ray of sunshine and a breath of fresh of air. You make a difference and don’t let anyone or yourself tell otherwise! Sending hugs and blessing! 🙂 Thank you for this story that makes me still believe in people and peace! 🙂


  8. Amen Sister!!! Damn that lemon pound cake that I loved up until the dat they posted the calories.
    I smiled at the thought of those childhood smiling suns in the sky overlooking my little house with one apple tree and a flower….good times.

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