Help from a friend

While loading my purchase after shopping recently at a local grocery store, I heard someone approaching from behind.

When I turned there was a young man of color. As he came closer, I prepared for the inevitable request for a handout, but I was pleasantly surprised by his request. In a soft, polite manner he asked if he could return the shopping cart I was using to the store.

At first, I did not understand. So he repeated it. I told him yes, and thanked him. He then walked back to the store with the cart.

It impressed me that this young man would take the time to help this retired, disabled Marine, and do so with such a warm heart.

As I left the parking lot, I saw this young man, and he waived and smiled as he walked away.

It dawned on me that in today’s climate of discord, there are people of every age and ethnicity who go out of their way to bring a little help to others.

I want to thank this young man and his family for being such a shining example to all of us.

– Johnny Barker

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