A Gracious Spirit

I would never have paid attention to the woman next to me yesterday, except for the package which fell when she was pulling another one out. She was having trouble putting the package back into its rack, so I held the clip down while she slipped it into place. She made a point of telling me how nice it was for me to help her, then she headed off to meet her friend, saying, “Wasn’t that nice of her?” as if I had done something noteworthy. I thought about that simple act, which caused a gracious response in her. I think I would like to know this woman who finds a simple gesture worthy of telling another about. She is a person who looks at life gratefully, seeing kindness in the most ordinary of circumstances, living life with a gracious spirit. I wish I had taken another moment with her, while standing in the checkout lane.