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Lessons from the Nest

March 17, 2016



Lessons from the Nest


Generosity knows no bounds.

I stood out in the first warm sun of the season with my new friend, who 

had just finished shopping. He had chosen a sofa, a chair, a small 

kitchen table and chairs, a few lamps, and a bed frame, and could 

hardly wait to get them home and set up. 

As we stood with our faces toward the sun we watched a young man 

cross the street and walk toward us. He held out his hand from the 

soiled sleeve of his sweatshirt and asked for any change we might be 

able to spare.  His eyes never met ours; he stared at the concrete below 

his feet. 


He wanted “just enough for bus fare,” he said, which would be only a 

couple of dollars. I told him I had no money on me and could not help 

him. My friend, who had just spent the last of his disability check on 

furniture, reached deep in his pocket and pulled out 40 cents. “It’s the 

last money I have,” he said. “Are you sure?” the young man asked. 

“Yep. You need it more than I do,” he answered.

As the boy walked back up the street, my friend watched him go. “I 

don’t think he’s going to use it for bus fare, but sometimes you just 

have to believe in humanity.”

Humanity. Kindness. Charity. Compassion. I learned several lessons that 



“Charity” goes both ways

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