The sun had set far behind the horizon and was probably now rising over
the other half of the once dark world to make it light again. But for
now it was dark and pouring rain over the bus stop in the country side.
That is where we meet him. He's sitting there, cold, freezing and
soaking wet. The last bus had come again and he was stuck there. He had
been visiting his mother who lived out in the country. But he had no
car, the bus was his only option.
It was late by the
time he left the house and it was about a half mile walk to the first
stop. He had stopped on the side of the road and watched the number
seven bus whiz by as it's large wheels splashed muddy water onto him.
The mud was soon washed away by by more water. He wished he could go
back to his mother's, and curl up at her side like he did when he was
young. But, she was in psychiatric care and he could not stay the night.
Even though the bus was long gone, he walked to the stop and waited to
see if a car or bus would pass by.
Now he was sitting
there, still freezing, still wet, in the still pouring rain. The pure
darkness played with his head, making him think demons lured behind
every corner. The stars didn't even show in the sky, the rain clouds
hung dark, low and in the way. Only the claw scratch of the moon showed
in the darkness of the night.
It seemed like hours
ticked by as he waited there. The rain started pouring down and he felt
something hit his head lightly. He looked up to see small hunks of hail
falling from the sky. He hung his head lower and hugged his gray
sweatshirt closer to his body.
The rain had suddenly
stopped falling and the feeling of the hail falling into his hair was
gone. He glanced upward to see what had stopped the rain and hail from
battering him. An umbrella. An old wrinkled hand was clutching the black
plastic of the handle. The old man smiled, his face old and wrinkled
but trusting. He handed the umbrella to the boy and walked off without a
word. He took the umbrella and watched the man walk off, into the
One random act of kindness can change a life or improve one. Have you made a random act of kindness today?