A Birthday Gift

Before this year ends, I would like to share a story. Here it goes:


It was several decades ago the Seventh of December, the day when an infant first saw the light of the world,  was the day when the universe echoed her first cry.  She celebrates.

She wandered around Fifth Ave. It was 7th of December 2018. A man told her, “Her name is Lucy.”

“What a wonderful name,” she replied. The homeless man was cold. He was sitting on a  small stool in front of his pet with a cloth wrapped around its body.  It was 28 degrees that Friday morning, and Lucy managed to give all her charms to attract passers-by in thick jacket, to drop some change in a cardboard box.

She turned to him and said, “Would you care for some bananas and a cup of hot coffee?” “I would like to give this to you as a gift, for today is my birthday.” He looked at her with a smile and answered, “Thank you and Happy Birthday.” Then she handed him a bag with large cup of coffee and bananas. It was from Starbucks she redeemed as her birthday treat.

She attended a mass at St. Patrick’s cathedral as Thanksgiving for another year of blessings and good health. She passed-by Starbucks to get her birthday treat and on her way home, that’s when she saw this homeless man and his pet dog. She decided to do an Act of Kindness to celebrate her special day.

For the first time in her life, a homeless man greeted her, “Happy Birthday.”  To his delight, he held her hand and said, “Thank you for this wonderful gift.”

“You’re very welcome. Happy Holidays,” she replied and left with a smile in her heart.


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Sometimes in our life’s, journey we get to realize that Gratitude is very important to be shared and expressed in any way. Wherever we are, whoever we’re with, whatever it is that we’re doing… it is important to be Thankful. One act of kindness that one gives in any day, is as special as celebrating a special day.

Be Thankful and Be Kind.  By the way, that infant was actually me.  😉