Gillian's "I Voted" sticker and the kindness of strangers
I happened to mention this in conversation with a mom and her tween daughter, who were at the farm stand where I work. Just a pair of people I had never met before that I was chatting with as I checked out their purchase. But when they heard of Gillian's lost voting sticker after her momentous occasion of voting for the first time, they looked at each other, the mom said, "Should we give her our sticker?" The daughter nodded enthusiastically and handed over their sticker, still on its wax backing, to me, so that the roommate of a stranger they'd just met could have something to commemorate her special life event.
I started tearing up right then and there. I am again. I love the kindness of strangers. I think Gillian's second sticker is even better than the first. She's keeping it on her mirror for now. Then, who knows? Somewhere in her mementos to share with the grandkids some day.