There was only one person in the lounge at the moment, and instead of just continuing to work on her computer and ignore the sobbing girl on the other side of the room, she ran to me and gave me a hug, asked what was wrong, and strongly suggested that I eat her doughnut, saying "Sugar helps everything."
She sat down with me, and I told her what was going on while I ate the doughnut that was probably her breakfast. As far as I can remember, her words of encouragement for me about the situation were something to the effect of "Just forget about all the annoying people, they aren't worth your tears."
Posing with the locker I had for four years. Clearly this was not taken on the same day as the crying episode
I didn't know the girl beforehand. I just knew her by name and by sight because our lockers were in the same spot. I didn't really know the girl afterwards. We didn't run in the same circles at college or take similar classes. But four and a half years later, I still remember that day, when at the time I was feeling most alone and unloved, she showed me love.
And then I wonder...have I ever been that person? The stranger or even the friend who stepped in and helped someone when they needed help--have I ever done something that someone remembers years later because of the blessing it was to them? I hope so, but I doubt it.
Honestly, if I were working on my computer and a girl that I didn't know walked in the room crying...my first instinct would probably be to leave and give her some privacy. But I'm so glad that that girl at my college didn't choose to do that on the day when I was crying.
My hope and prayer is that I won't miss any opportunities that come my way to show someone love when they need it most.
What about you? Have you ever experienced kindness when you least expected it?