Act of Kindness Paid Back Double

A reader tells how her family benefited from her husband’s act of kindness.

Stormy Road

A simple act of kindness, like giving driving directions, can go a long way in making someone's day.

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One day in the parking lot of the local Home Depot, an out-of-town couple asked my husband and me for directions. Knowing that the location was difficult to get to, my husband simply said, “Follow me.”

To get to the store these people were looking for, you had to exit the city to the suburbs, but I was pleased that my husband had offered to go a bit out of our way to do this for a stranger. The couple was very grateful for the escort.

A few weeks later I was in a neighboring city and missed the expressway exit I wanted. It was late evening, dark and cloudy, with thunderstorms looming, and I couldn’t find my way. I stopped at a store to ask for directions. The reply was, “I’m going that way, follow me. When we get to the circle, I’m taking the second exit. You need to take the fourth exit off.”

The next week, our daughter had a meeting in the capitol city. She took the correct exit, but the driving directions after that didn’t seem right, so she stopped for directions. “It’s only a few blocks, but there are some one-way streets. Follow me, and I’ll get you there,” was the response.

“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” This scripture, Ecclesiastes 11:1, is so true.

Mary
Vernon, New York

Read more tales of generosity by CAPPER's readers in Stories of Helping Others.