They are not pretty people, this group of friends of mine, so why do I think of them, when I think of someone kind.
They walk aimlessly in the halls, or sit quietly on some seat; waiting, waiting, will someone come whom they can kindly greet?
I walk in without a knock, how quickly they arise, to offer their own spot as if it were a prize.
I tell them I’m looking for someone kind, and my first thought was of them. They responded, “That’s cause you’re kind,” nodding heads with great big grins.
Each seems hurried to kindly ask if I’d like a glass of tea; I feel compelled to accept with thanks the gift they offer me.
“Do you want to see the paper?” asks Bobby with a grin, with hair slicked back, in rumpled clothes, and whiskers on his chin.
One offers “Here’s a scarf I made for you with yarn on this here frame,” “Thanks,” I stammer guiltily – a gift for me and I can’t recall her name.
A new fellow, I call him Slim asks, “Do you exercise much?” I hesitate, then I admit I don’t. He says, “Didn’t think so,” as he demonstrates my flabby arm. My loyal friends feel chagrined and quickly react with alarm. I laughingly tell them, “That’s okay. He didn’t mean to cause any harm.”
After a few chit-chats, how are you’s, and assurance that I’ve been well, they tell me what it means to them that I would come to sit a spell.
It’s time to go, and I tell them so. They say, “Come again.” I say, “I will” then pretend I don’t hear them ask me when.
Two fellows who consider themselves my hosts, walk me to my car. I tell them thanks while they close my door and check that it’s not ajar.
Then they go back with a wave good-bye, and a smile to cover their sorrow, close the door, find a seat, and quietly wait for tomorrow.
#RevofKindness Week 6 is to choose some one kind who inspires me with kindness. I have chosen a group of people who live in a group home near by. Thanks, Niki, for the opportunity to remind everyone of the kindness among some “not so beautiful” but loving, kind people. (The picture is from clip art, very representative of my friends.)