Tuesday, December 13, 2011

on being sensitive (and southern)



it's been a long morning.

because people can be mean and i am sensitive and when those two forces combine there is a chance of combustion. or tears in the bathroom stall. same thing.

but just now, a cashier at the local barbecue joint noticed me. my red, puffy eyes and my sore, peeling nose. probably the general look of disgust and discomfort on my face, or maybe that my hair was in poor, mousy condition.

and he offered me complimentary hush puppies.

and right then, on eastchester drive, my day turned around.

do something nice today, folks. you never know whose stormclouds you're turning to sunshine.

25 comments:

Eva Marie said...

Sorry you were having a rough morning.. I feel like Im having one of those, ugh!

What a wonderful kind man to turn your day around :)

Elisabeth said...

i understand the whole being so sensitive - sometimes i wish i wasn't...but i'm so glad there was someone kind enough to turn your day around :)

Emma Frances said...

That is so sweet! Thank goodness for the angels around us! I hope people are nicer for the rest of the day!

Emily said...

how sweet is that!! sometimes i think God sends some unlikely angels into our paths just to give us a little blessing when he knows we need it!

SymbioticLife said...

I truly believe that's the way to live. I'm southern and sensitive myself. But because I'm sensitive it works both ways and something really small can bring me so much joy. I hope the rest of your day was filled with nice people.

Thisisme. said...

Like you, I am very sensitive Courtney. It can be hard sometimes, but how wonderful that, in an instant, your day was turned round by such kindness. That makes it all worthwhile, to know that there are such lovely people out there. Blessings.

Kristie Colón said...

People can sometimes be so beautiful inside...case in point: complimentary hush puppies. Hope things get a bit better. *hugs* and smiles are being sent your way (as best they can through the Internet).

Kristen said...

I liked reading this a lot. I am sensitive and Southern as well. It doesn't mix with living in the Midwest too much. :)

Jennifer Rod said...

aww this is so sweet. i love to share kindness and receiving it. glad that cashier was a good soul and did something sweet for you.

i shall do something sweet too... :)

ginanorma said...

Hahaha awesomely perfect! Sorry someone was mean to you!

chambanachik said...

I'm the same way. It's amazing what little things can help, though. :)

McKinley {Haolepinos} said...

That is so sweet! Why aren't there more people like him around? We need more compassion and understanding in this world. I am sorry your feelings were hurt, and I am sorry that it was a rough day. But that is a great way to turn it all around. I am so glad you shared this story, because I think little acts of kindness need to keep being spread around!

McKinley {Haolepinos} said...

PS those look awesome!

Sarah said...

I've only visited the south once and those hush puppies are to die for. I bet they helped put a smile on your face =)


- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Anna Kristianne said...

I am sending you a big hug!

Gentri said...

Oh hooray! I'm so happy there was someone nice around to lift your spirits. :)

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

It's amazing how such a simple act of kindness can change a person's day. I'm glad you had that today.

Sending you lots of love.

Caroline said...

I'm glad your day turned around :) Isn't it amazing how something so seemingly small as a smile [or free batch of hush puppies] can make someone's day.

I had a bit of a crying in the bathroom stall kind of day myself. Nothing some major puppy snuggles couldn't cure though :)

*And thanks for all you write - you have no idea how many people's days you make with your beautiful words.

Cassie said...

Oh, friend. I'm so glad that random act of kindness turned things back around for you. What a perfect reminder to be randomly nice, too!

wildchild said...

what a sweet man. that's why i love the south. that's why i love people. one nice action can totally change your day.

Holli said...

I'm so sorry you had a crappy day... people just suck sometimes you know? I'm so happy God put someone in your path to ease your sorrow... :)

Amanda said...

Courtney -- I hate when people, myself included speak ill of others and make others feel bad.

Hoping your day turned around after that!

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

It's the small things :) what a sweet post! Thanks for sharing!

Ana Magdalena said...

Thanks for the reminder, I hope your week ended on a happier note.

Mackenzie said...

oh yes yes and yes. amen for southern sensitivity (fake southern, i am from florida. but i still believe in the healing properties of a good smile and free hush puppies).

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