From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

November 17

Just out of college, I began working at an upscale gift gallery. My morning walk to work past a small flower stand became routine. One morning I felt an overwhelming desire to buy flowers for someone.

On the bottom shelf there was a nosegay of violets. Mrs.

Cairns, a grey-haired widow who worked at the gallery, came to mind.

A few minutes later, I saw her standing inside the gallery doors. “These are for you, Mrs. Cairns,” I said, and handed her the nosegay.

“How did you know,” she said, “that today is my wedding anniversary? My husband passed away two years ago, so I’m the only one who remembers.”

She took both of my hands. “My dear . . . I must tell you that I married forty years ago in a small town in Oregon. It was a cold, winter day and there were no flowers in town, so my wedding bouquet was a nosegay of violets.”

Carol Fannin Rohwedder

A random act of kindness can touch
a heart in unanticipated ways.

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