The Kindness of Strangers

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
— Blanche Dubois in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Rave: Unlike Blanche, I’ve striven to never depend on the kindness of strangers. It seemes a very precarious way to live.

Still, there have been times when I’ve been blown away by the generous actions of those I don’t know.

This weekend was one of those times.

You see, while waiting to register at the Lori Foster Annual Reader and Author Get Together this weekend, I was chatting with the other women in line. In the course of that conversation, I mentioned that I’m always on the lookout for “gentle” (no sex, no violence, no offensive language) novels for some of my library patrons who prefer their romances a little less spicy. One of my fellow attendees suggested the book Spring Chickens might be a good choice. I made a note to look it up when I got home and thanked her for the suggestion. 

But much to my astonishment, the same woman (whom I now know is Michelle Kelly) came up to me later that evening and handed me a copy of the book. She had purchased it for my library so I could share it with my patrons.

What an incredibly nice — and completely unexpected — gesture!

Clearly Michelle — whether she knows it or not — practices Ghandi’s philosphy of being the change you wish to see in the world. She saw a need and, without fanfare or glory, she filled it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all did the same?

And since I believe no good deed should go unrewarded, I hereby award Michelle this week’s “Big Prize” for generosity and thoughtfulness.

Also, if you happen to be a romance reader, check her blog, “Another Look Book Reviews” out at

About kymlucas

"Taking care not to take love too seriously." Writer of smart, fresh, contemporary romance and women's fiction. Blogging about writing, reading, and more recently, dealing with the ins and outs of breast cancer.
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3 Responses to The Kindness of Strangers

  1. Oh my gosh thank you so much. I am so flattered to be a blog post here. Thank you. It was my pleasure to make a donation to your library.

    What a wonderful weekend. I am still smiling this morning even though I am going through a bit of withdrawal. I miss my friends 😦 but how nice it was to make new ones 🙂

    All the best to you, Michelle Kelly


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