Day 18 – The Kindness of Friends

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” is a line spoken by the character Blanche DuBois in the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” written by Tennessee Williams. Vivien Leigh played that character in the 1951 film based on the play, and the quote became one the most famous movie quotes of all time.

I have to say that I have been immensely blessed by the kindness of strangers. I met Bill for the first time just two days ago and I am in awe with his generosity.

Here I am!

He brought me into his home, fed me, and offered to help me in any way he can.

I admire his giving spirit.

Shirley, Bill, Matthew, Lissa and Sophia

I met Shirley, Bill’s wife, and after listening to their stories, it became clear to me that the two of them are real good people, devoted to do good and spread goodness. They have made many sacrifices during their lives and continue to selflessly give of themselves. I was honored to meet them, and humbled by the grandeur of their character. They really are admirable individuals!

Sophia and Tyler

I met the other members of the family and we ate a delicious dinner in the lovely backyard.

What a day! When I woke up this morning I could never have imagined that I would be covering 350 miles, that I would be in and out of San Francisco in the same day, and that I would be sleeping in Cameron Park that night. I wasn’t even aware of Cameron Park’s existence!

Life is what happens to us while we are busy making plans, isn’t it?

Today’s outcome was better than what I could have imagined, so I guess that what I am learning is that, as long as I remain open to accept the kindness and generosity of the people I meet, I will be blessed beyond what I am capable of imagining.

I have been blessed by the kindness of strangers…No!

I have been blessed by the kindness of friends.