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This week we are asked to weave a tale about an Act of Kindness
Angus McScroogerton didn’t like Christmas. It was always busy at the shops, which forced him to go earlier than he liked and that made him all the grouchier.
The shopping centre was huge and people were too busy to notice him as he went about his shopping.
As he walked through the mall he tripped and fell. He was always very sure of foot and it took him several seconds to realise he was on the ground. The shock of it all momentarily confused him.
He felt hands on him; voices speaking to him and both gestures were foreign to him for apart from the cash register girls he never spoke to anyone.
Hands lifted him up and sat him on a seat. He was dazed there was no doubt and soon the mall security informed him that an ambulance had been called. His protests came to nothing and soon he was being wheeled out into the ambulance and taken off to hospital.
There was a man beside him who introduced himself as Dutch Holland. Angus heard the name but it meant little to him.
The next day he woke up in his hospital bed, still confused but his mind was working overtime to tell him what had happened. Nurses came and went and one of them left him some breakfast, which Angus later described as a healthy amount of Hospital gruel.
Then a familiar face appeared. It was Dutch Holland from the previous day. He was dropping by to check on Angus and to say he would go via the shopping mall and retrieve Angus’ car. Angus had forgotten about his car but knew he was in no fit state to collect it himself. So he handed Dutch the keys and hoped all would be okay.
The next day with the aid of a walking stick Angus was sent home. He arrived at his house to find his car parked in its carport.
Inside was different. His house had been cleaned and there was a note on his breakfast bar.
Dear Mr McScroogerton,
My family and I took the liberty of giving your house a clean. We did some shopping and packed it into your fridge and freezer.
We hope you don’t mind our intrusion but it is Christmas and we know you’ll be doing it tough for the next week or so.
Merry Christmas Mr McScroogerton
Best wishes, Dutch Holland and Family.
Angus opened his fridge and saw it was packed with fresh foods along with a Christmas pudding and a small Christmas cake. There was also a six-pack of his favourite beer.
In the freezer he saw to his surprise multiple containers of cooked meals, all home made as far as he could tell, each container labelled and given instructions for microwaving.
Angus was left speechless, he needed to sit down and take in what had happened to him over the previous days. As he sat there he noticed a wrapped gift on the bench. Opening it he found a book: ‘Christmas Comes But Once a Year.’
Angus was moved by what had happened and he thought to himself this must be what is called the kindness of strangers.