Best Thing This Week: I Don’t Have What’s Needed

BEST THING that happened this past week is
that I did not have what someone needed,

so when the elderly refugee
gestured to me
she had no gloves
and I said I had none to give her,
the woman standing next to me,
the one visiting from Seattle,
who’d been telling me how much she admired the work
and how she wouldn’t know where to begin,
“I have an extra pair in my car”
and she went to get them.

When she returned
and gave them to the woman in need,
the refugee welled up in tears
and threw a hug on her.
The woman from Seattle also welled up.
And maybe me.

“That was very nice of you,” I said.
And she said:
“I had two. She had none.
It was the right thing.”

In that moment,
I was thankful for not having what was needed.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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3 Responses to Best Thing This Week: I Don’t Have What’s Needed

  1. Katie says:

    Many thanks for sharing this, Marilyn!
    Love that expression – “threw a hug on her”:)


  2. pastordt says:

    Lovely. Thank you.


  3. Hope says:

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this moment.


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