Last week I shared Part One of this 3-part short story about the difference that one person can make in the life of another. Today, we continue this story and discover a few more questions before this stranger’s purpose is finally revealed. Enjoy!
And I said, “Thank you…” with a Smile (Part 2)
I assumed he was your typical homeless person and hoped he had a shelter to go to this evening for a warm meal and blanket. “Maybe I should offer him a few bucks,” I thought, “but he might just go use it on booze.” Again something pinged inside my heart as I listened to the judgmental thoughts that were running around my head.
Shrugging it off, still pretty sure I had pegged this man, I confidently asked, “So you got a place to stay tonight? I can recommend a shelter a couple blocks from here.”
The man just smiled. “Thank you for your concern, but I am not homeless,” he answered quietly. And he didn’t say more.
“Oh, I just assumed because you…uhh…” I stammered.
“Most people do.”
I was getting colder by the minute, but just couldn’t squelch my curiosity about this man. “Do you live around here?” I probed.
“Nope. Just passing through,” he said simply.
Continuing my line of questioning I asked, “Do you clean people’s windshields often?”
“No. I only do it for those who really need it.”
“Do you mean for people whose windshields were as dirty as mine?” I asked, seeking clarification of his statement.
“It has nothing to do with the windshield,” the man answered.
I had to know, “Why did you feel the need to clean mine? You said you wanted me to clearly find my way tonight.”
“That’s right,” he said, “to help you find your way tonight.”
“But I don’t understand,” I responded, getting a bit exasperated by now, and not because of the cold.
The tall thin man took a long breath, and began to explain his purpose to me as we both stood beneath the lamppost in the bitter cold.
(Stay tuned for Part 3 next week, where the answers are revealed)
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