September 25, 2020 — Every month The Wall Street Journal asks its readers to describe a random act of kindness that affected them. What a great idea in this time of division, economic troubles, and a corona pandemic that doesn’t want to quit. So, please use the Comments section to tell us about your experience with someone unexpectedly helping you. It could have happened since you retired, but any time in your life is fine too.
To kick things off, here is one that happened to me while living in New York City in my twenties .
It was the late 1970’s. Coming home from work one night on the Broadway IRT express I was working with my briefcase open on my lap. Startled to hear the doors open at my stop, I jumped up to exit. But I had forgotten about the open briefcase, and its contents exploded across the subway car. Instantly people sprang into action. Two blocked the doors so they couldn’t close. Others got down on their hands and knees to retrieve my papers. One woman handed me a couple of paper clips. Property secured, I left the car, this small town boy from PA knowing that when it counts, New Yorkers come through.
Let’s hear yours – we could all use a little pick me up! Please add yours in the Comments section below.