Thursday, August 13, 2009

He just wanted shoes

Scorching summer, scares of swine flu.. nothing more is needed to challenge our spirits. To break the dull moment, asked my new colleague (hey, you sure remember the international student from the US/Lebanon/Taiwan) to share some other interesting experience of hers. This is what she said:
I was volunteering at a charity shop in Oxford. Various items, including dress material, were being sold off at throw away prices. A man entered in a tattered suit, but without any shoes. “I am homeless and jobless. All I need is a pair of shoes for an interview. Could I please borrow a pair and then bring them right back?” he pleaded. I was willing to let him take one, but the manager was strict and asked me to choose between my job and a free offer. Rules are rules. Ultimately, I shelled out two pounds from my pocket and offered him what he wanted. A couple of days later I did spot the man – in the same suit. The shoes were intact too. Only, he did not recognise me. But I felt happy I had done something worthwhile.
When she finished, I patted her and she just giggled.
My prayer is to be surrounded by such friends.

18 comments:

  1. That is lovely! I am not sure I would have done it! Hey check this out: http://disillussionednik.blogspot.com/2009/08/important.html

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  2. That was very kind of her.
    Have a nice day.
    Sunny :)

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  3. Your friend is a unique person. Nice.

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  4. wow, good to knw tht such ppl still exist in this world...n good one on you that you appreciate them in your own special way by such posts :)

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  5. She is a lovely person. The world needs more people like her. A really nice post:)

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  6. thanks buddy, lovely post. :))

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  7. aww!! this is a sweet post and I loved the last line. Don't we all wish for something similar?

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  8. Nice sweet lady.. God bless her..

    Ps: hey ramesh,, i was busy with my exams and work..had a very very hectic time then... Hope you doing good and coffee treat.. next time for sure..

    cheers,
    jay

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  9. People like that is the glue that makes hope stick to this world instead of fading and blowing of the rock. =) Simply beautiful!

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  10. if I say anything here, you will hop to my blog and say I am making a tall claim..so will keep quiet!!

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  11. always do the right and good thing

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  12. another story to make me feel guilty next time i think of shoes.thanks for reminding ramesh.

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  13. Who says this is a bad world?

    :)

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  14. Wow... One post with 2 messages! :)

    She is INDEED a sweet lady!

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  15. now that is what we call humanity :)

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  16. That is such a wise ting to wish for.

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