Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Connections, Gifts, Kindness, Travel | Posted on 01-01-2017
Kindness. It is everywhere.
My mother and I traveled to the tiny town of Tlacolula, Mexico and experienced the hustle and bustle of the Sunday market, an open-aired market packed with coconuts, peppers, batteries, carrots, clothespins, papayas, shampoo, shoes, onions, chickens, hairbrushes–and people. It is a market where the villagers, rural people, and Zapotec women with their colorful aprons and ribbons woven in their braids, come into town to shop once a week.
With no Safeway or Home Depot or Walgreens, this is the place to purchase everyday necessities to the freshest produce, and everything in between. Shoppers fill their woven baskets, bargain, socialize, and eat freshly-made tortillas filled with meat and cilantro and crema from the food carts.
Amidst the crowd, a gentle man approached me. We talked for a bit in Spanish and guess what? He reached deep into the bag he was carrying to gift me two handfuls of pinon nuts that he grew from his tree.
I was so surprised by this gesture and gift. I instantly made a new friend 3,000 miles from home and will forever remember his kindness.
I took a selfie to show that amabilidad–kindness–is everywhere.
“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”