Best Story of the Week…November 19th

I believe in cause and effect.

What you do, how you treat others, will come back to you in kind.

I’m waiting for a friend when it starts to pour. I could run for cover, but have no way of telling him where I’d be, having forgotten my phone.

As I get wetter, I look up, and see a man who sells faux designer purses in front of my friend’s grocery store.

After casing the Avenue, not having a license, he opens a huge blanket tied in bows on both ends, displaying them on the sidewalk.

I never see anyone buying them, but he’s there anyway, hoping for the best…optimism, a quality I admire, inspiring me to always bring him a treat, coming from the store.

He likes tangerines he once told me, and plums, in season.

So this African man, quite tall, with the whitest teeth I’ve ever seen, is now galloping my way like a runaway racehorse.

Unbeknownst to me, he also sells rain gear, so there he is in one of his plastic, pastel neon parkas, the hood flapping, coming to bring me an umbrella.

I can’t say how moved I am by this.

I start taking money from my Barbour pocket to pay him, and despite the downpour, his jacket reminding me of an outside pool cover says, “No, no muney,” those teeth flashing like Chiclets.

When my friend finally comes, dry as a palm tree, he says, “Sorry I’m late, and how come, even with an umbrella, you’re still so wet?”

I shrug, and rather than explain, quote Bill Hicks…

“Oh, it doesn’t’s only fucking water.”

As we run up the Met’s steps, I turn and see my favorite racehorse, happily making a sale. πŸ™‚


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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64 Responses to Best Story of the Week…November 19th

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I’m so glad another of your knights in shining armor has come to your rescue. You are cared about by the many whose lives you have touched with your thoughtfulness and kindness.

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  2. What a lovely story!! You certainly deserved that kind deed, and I’m thrilled you were rewarded for the way you live.

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  3. Dale says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that karma is real. When you give simply to give without thought of payback, it does come back tenfold. When one gives expecting a receipt, one might because of good manners but it ain’t gonna come galloping across the street like a knight in shining armour. And I had to smile at the Chiclets reference as Mick used to call one of our fellow karatekas that.

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  4. Great story, Susannah. The Met (sigh). Reaping what you sow is always a terrific turn of events. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Vasca says:

    Oh those Gallop-ping knights…they are most gallant and precious. I love this event and kindness truly is going around…I’ve been surrounded by it lately…and the nicest surprises…all from men! Let’s hail the mail gender…tall, dark and handsome. Hugs galore! Oh for the Met…oh my!

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  6. I love this Susannah! Stories such as this makes my heart sing and believe in the future of humanity, All the kindness you spread around will come back to you tenfold, in little surprising moments such as this.
    Many blessings! β™₯β™₯

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  7. Sorryless says:


    Good things do happen when you do good things. That kind of cycle is going on everywhere, and it’s good to know. All politics being local, it’s comforting to know that love and compassion and hope and faith . . yanno . . the good stuff? It’s everywhere. Still.

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  8. robprice59 says:

    Are you sure? I think Bill might have borrowed that one from the captain of the Titanic. πŸ˜‰


  9. Nice guy. I’m glad he got a sale too. He has the salesman’s eye for a sudden spike in demand. My favorite umbrella got wrecked by the wind recently. It was a cheap thing but was a souvenir from when I went to Brunei, so had sentimental value. But both here and in Iowa, umbrellas don’t seem to last long.

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