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Never Too Big To Be Grandma’s Little ‘Un

, , , , , | Related | February 3, 2021

My grandma has a habit of always referring to me, her only grandchild, as “the little ‘un”. When she is talking TO me, she just calls me by my name, or something like “darling” or “sweetie” — or “rascal” if I am misbehaving — but if she is talking ABOUT me, even if I am in the same room, she always calls me “the little ‘un”. This continues into my teenage years, and when I leave for university. I don’t mind it; I actually think it’s kind of sweet. But at one point, my aunt starts to think that I am getting too old for the nickname, and she has the following conversation with Grandma, which she later recounts to me.

Grandma: “Good thing the little ‘un is coming to visit this weekend; my radio is acting up again and she fixed it last time.”

Aunt: “Yeah, but Mom, seriously. [My Name] is twenty-one, at university, and living on her own, not to mention nearly a head taller than both of us, and neither of us is small to begin with. Don’t you think it’s time you stopped calling her ‘the little ‘un’?”

Grandma: *Smugly* “Nuh-uh! Doesn’t matter if she grows two meters tall and becomes a professor. She’ll always be my little ‘un!”

And she kept referring to me as “the little ‘un” until the day she died. I miss her.


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Follow That Bus!

, , , , , | Friendly | February 1, 2021

As I’m waiting at a red light in the left turn lane, I look lazily to my left to see a smartly-dressed older woman tottering as fast as she can to the street corner in her kitten heels. The light turns green, giving us a turning advance, including a bus two vehicles in front of me.

The bus passes the next bus stop and I look in my rearview mirror as the older woman finishes crossing the road and stops on the corner, deflated. I stop at the bus stop and wait for her to walk to the stop to catch the next bus.

Me: “Come on, get in. We’ll go catch the bus.”

Woman: “What? What do you mean?”

Me: “Come on. I’ll get you to a stop in front of the bus.”

The woman’s eyes light up and she pulls the door open and climbs in.

Woman: “Really?!”

Me: “Yeah, let’s go!”

Traffic is bad so we’re together for fifteen minutes while tailing the bus. She tells me that her husband has headed to the airport to pick up her sister and she wants to surprise her by being there, too. By missing the bus, she’ll miss the next SeaBus, which means she’ll be behind by half an hour and unlikely to make it.

Me: “Oh, the SeaBus? I’ll just take you straight there. Then you’ll have lots of time.”

Woman: “Oh, dear, no. I don’t want to take you out of your way.”

Me: “No, it’s no problem. I was just getting home from work, anyway.”

Woman: “Well, thank you. I hope I’m not taking you too far out of your way.”

I give her a quirky smile.

Me: “The SeaBus stop is in front of my house.”

She thanked me over and over, but it was barely even a thing for me. I was done with my work for the day and happy to drive around a bit on a chilly afternoon.


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Spend The Extra Bawk And The Chickens Will Thank You

, , , , | Related | January 31, 2021

We try to eat consciously in my house. We still eat meat and fish but opt for brands that give the animals a half-decent life before getting culled. For example, in the UK, free-range eggs mean legal requirements for a minimum amount of space and litter for the hens: no more than nine hens a square metre, ten centimetres of feeder a bird, and one drinker for ten birds, by law.

It’s not for everyone, but not having animals needlessly suffer over a few pence just makes sense to us.

I am shopping in the supermarket with my daughter and we reach the eggs.

Me: “Grab a dozen for me, please.”

Daughter: “That’s twelve?”

Me: “Yeah, the big box.”

She grabs the caged eggs as they’re nearest.

Me: “No, not those, the free-range ones.”

Daughter: “What does free-range mean?”

Me: “Just that the chicken has a better life, and we get better eggs. It costs a little more, but I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Daughter: “Oh, cool.”

I looked up and noticed a woman standing near me for the first time. She locked eyes with me before silently putting her eggs back and picking up the free-range ones. I didn’t mean to lecture anyone, but it’s nice that at least one person made a decision to support a good cause.


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Kindness Isn’t The Best Medicine But It Can Help You Buy It, Part 2

, , , , , , , | Right | January 27, 2021

I’m the author of this story here.

Just before Christmas, our pharmacist comes by to drop off some meds for my husband, roommate, and me.

Pharmacist: “Do you remember the woman from Thanksgiving that paid for [Husband]’s meds?”

Me: “Of course we do! How could we forget?”

Despite the fact that the pharmacist is wearing a mask, we can tell that he is smiling.

Pharmacist: “Well, she called us up again and asked about you and how you were doing, and then she told us to leave you a Christmas gift for her.”

We’re all wondering what else she could have possibly done.

Pharmacist: “She’s given you a credit at the pharmacy to help pay for your meds.”

Awesome, right?! We’re thinking she paid for this round of meds that the pharmacist is dropping off.

Pharmacist: “[My Name], guess how much she left you guys.”

Me: “I have no idea. These meds?”

He looks me dead in the eye.

Pharmacist: “[My Name], she left you guys $500.”

My jaw dropped. I’m not too proud to say that I ugly cried; we all did. That was by far the best Christmas present I’ve gotten in years. [Kind Woman], wherever you are, my husband I appreciate you. Thank you so much.

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Spreading Sunshine A Petal At A Time

, , , , | Friendly | January 25, 2021

Back before the health crisis caused everything to shut down, I used to enjoy going out to gigs, bars, and club nights in town frequently. Unfortunately, as a woman in my early twenties, I’ve had to deal with my (un)fair share of creeps and uncomfortable encounters.

But I don’t want to dwell on those. I’d rather share the most positive story of late-night drunk strangers. These kinds of stories are rare but they restore much of my lost faith in humanity.

I was walking through the town centre after midnight to get to the bus stop, and there were still many people lingering around the brightly-lit main shopping street. As usual, I was walking quickly and avoiding eye contact. Suddenly, a smiling blur of twirling skirts and loose curls spun into my field of vision.

A clearly inebriated young woman danced over to me and pressed a sunflower into my hand.

Woman: “You’re beautiful!”

And she twirled off.

I’ve never been good with plants, but I kept that flower alive as long as I could. I wish more drunk strangers just wanted to give out flowers and good vibes.


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