My husband, as per usual, was working a side job last night. The homeowner had a huge map across her wall marked with red string indicating the cities she had visited. Clearly she loved to see the world. She and my husband chatted about our plans to visit Italy and he asked for her advice about the Cinque Terre.
He spent the next four hours fixing her washer, her sink, and various other handyman projects she needed help with.
When my husband packed to leave, she shoved $300 in his pocket. He tried to return the money, even running to the truck, but she caught him, slapped the money in his hand and said, ‘Have fun in Italy while you’re young. It’s harder when you’re 65. I would know.’
Sometimes the kindness of others overwhelms me.