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The Kindness of Strangers

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(Photo credit: Richa P)

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama

Over New Year’s day, Chris, Kalu, and I were stranded in rural Texas for two days. There was an ice storm and the highways were closed, the highway patrol wasn’t letting people through. We were on our way back home to California from our cross country trip to South Carolina. At that time, we had already driven three days.  The night we arrived in this tiny town, we ended up sleeping in our car because the community center was packed. Luckily for us, Chris had packed sleeping bags and blankets. The next night, we stayed in the community center with a hundred other people. People of all ages were sleeping on the floor, talking in small groups, petting the various animals, and eating snacks. This tiny town only had around 500 people, the closest city was over 2 hours away, the nearest grocery store was more than 30 minutes away. However, members of the town rallied and really helped out all of the travelers. They opened the doors and made us feel welcome. They cooked us meals, gave us their blankets, used their own supplies to help us feel more comfortable. Continue reading “The Kindness of Strangers”