After I left the gym this morning, a senior citizen pulled up next to me at the stoplight. He looked at my bright yellow truck then looked at me, seemingly confused for a moment.
Slowly, he lifted up his hand that was balled up into a fist. For a moment, he held his hand like this. I was genuinely unsure of what I was seeing for a second… but the look of confusion on his face suddenly melted away as he smiled a giant, ear-to-ear, toothless grin allowing his fist to become a “thumbs up” at the same time.
I chuckled and shot him a thumb back as we smiled at each other.
He ended up pulling into the gas station in front of me, so I parked just behind him. I introduced myself to Artie and explained that his little gesture was such a great act of kindness to me. I told him that all too often, people from the generations above mine have a hard time understanding the giant, tattooed, bearded and pierced hulk in front of them, and that it meant a lot to me to have his approval.
He shook my hand and told me that he saw “much scarier men in the war.” We both shared a laugh and hugged as his wife nagged him to hurry up.
He turned to me and whispered under his breath, “Pssssh… Women! Am I right?”
For one brief moment, despite a difference of multiple generations and cultures, we were one in the same. Just two humans on the same ball of dirt and water, putting aside the things that made us different from each other and choosing love and acceptance. I could have died in that moment and been okay with it.
His wife nagged him again, so I told him that I had something to quiet her down. I pulled my wallet out, swiped my card, thanked him for his kindness and for his service to our country and told him to fill his tank up on me.
This gesture didn’t just shut his ol’ lady up, it made her cry as she got out of the car to hug and thank me.
He wouldn’t let me snap a picture of him and his wife and was a bit bummed when I told him that I was married (he has a granddaughter my age that I “would be perfect for”) but he shook my hand and the three of us had a great hug before parting ways.
What a great way to start my morning!
Look for chances to #ChooseLove today, friends with a simple #ActOfKindness. There are opportunities big and small all around you.. you just have to be looking for them.
I love youse guyses!
Peace, snugs, and MEGA love,
(I did my best to find a picture online that somewhat resembled Artie, this was the best I could do. Thanks internet!)