Best Story of the Week…November 14

Kindness, let’s face it, has been globally down a quart, every man for himself, the world’s new motto.

Nowadays when you hold a door, ask how someone is or even say thank you, you’re looked upon as a freak.

But not this morning.

I’m in my local grocery store.

It’s Veteran’s Day, many people are off, so at noon, it’s unusually crowded.

I’m in line with a sushi roll while three workmen are behind me waiting to pay for their overpriced lunch. It’s the Upper East Side remember, where you expect meatloaf to come with a diploma.

These men are big and burly, quiet and patient, but I see one of them looking at his watch.

“How long is your lunch hour?” I ask him.

“This took so long that we only have 20 minutes left, but it’s okay,” he says, without complaint.

I notice it was all hot food too, or now at best, warm, so I say, “Please, go ahead of me.”

They all, in unison, shake their heads no, but I insist by saying, “I have nowhere to be, and my sushi can’t get any colder.”

Laughing, my joke breaking the ice, one by one, they meekly go in front of me paying for their pasta and Cokes, but before they’re out the door, all three with big smiles, turn around to thank me.

The woman behind me says, “You know, you annoyed me at first, letting them all go, but after seeing how happy they were, I’m over it.”

I smile at her, managing not to say anything snarky about her lavish fur coat, and the way she spoke so sharply to Yasmin, the cashier, and think…

kindness, that just made a sudden cameo, who knows, might actually be making a comeback.

One can only hope.   Unknown-2.jpeg


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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37 Responses to Best Story of the Week…November 14

  1. You are not Miss America, but you are Miss NYC — the person who notices, cares, and nurtures others. You, more than anyone else I know, lives the Golden Rule. God bless you for that.

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  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Well done, Suzannah. Kindness is out there, and I continue to believe the majority of the world is good. … but I can’t believe the lady said that. Well, I guess these days I can.

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, you are so perceptive, as well as kind. I’ve noticed as well, that most men just hate to go ahead when we women offer. At first I thought the furry woman would have been better off if she just kept her mouth shut, but then realized that her admission showed a tiny glimmer of hope for her future actions.
    Little acts of kindness have a way of snowballing, so let’s keep making those little snowballs.

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  4. Dale says:

    I’m amused by those who get frustrated by the silliest things. You, letting the gents pass, did not alter her own place in line. Why she should get frustrated is a sign of just being inconsiderate of her surroundings. At least she acknowledged the kindness before showing her rudeness once again…

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  5. Sorryless says:

    If only people were annoyed by stuff that really matters. Like poverty and disappearing ice caps and hate crimes and fat cat politics. Hey . . I’d even let ’em get downright pissed off about these things if they felt like it.

    And if only people did what you do. Be human, care.

    We need more kindnesses.

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  6. Exercise the kindness muscle. It’s more fun than gym exercise.

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  7. Eilene Lyon says:

    Like walking the dog, kindness should be exercised daily (more than once).

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  8. You were kind and that is really all that counts. To search for kindness in other humans can be a disappointing journey. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. One of the things I do like about going to our Cracker Barrel for meals is that everyone is polite around the door. Someone (maybe me) opens the door for others. Besides that, I hear very few angry words there. Oh it happens, just not often. I wish more casual dining was like that.

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  10. Outside NYC, perhaps, lol

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