I’ve been the recipient of many acts of kindness during my post-retirement travels.
From Antarctica in February 2017 to Egypt in February 2020,
the last trip I took before the pandemic froze us all,
I have, in this world roiling with so much anger and hatred,
experienced moments of respite, islands of aloha, from all that rancor.
Someone bought me a cup of coffee, a bus driver allowed me to ride for free,
a ferry boat operator let me aboard without paying,
the admission fee to a closed art exhibit was waived,
a bride and groom asked me to be part of their wedding photo shoot, and more.
I have been blessed to meet people all over the world who have in various ways
demonstrated that my ethnicity has not been a barrier to their being kind.
When I stumbled across these memories today,
I sat wondering if maybe these warm-hearted gestures
might actually be the highlights of my journeys,
and I hoped that I’d acted reciprocally along the way,
showed kindness to as many strangers or more in the same manner.