Wednesday, October 8, 2008
A humbling experience
These 2 little coins may not mean much on their own. They total 15p which translates as perhaps a few cents. But they were given to me by a dear old lady who I often see out walking along the lanes whilst I'm out running.
I was wearing my Alzheimer's Research Trust vest as always and today she stopped me for a brief chat. I know from previous conversations that her mother suffered from Alzheimer's and I suspect that she might be in the early stages of dementia herself. Anyway, she reached into her cardigan pocket and pulled out these coins, apologising that they were all she had with her. Her clothes are shabby and worn and she often looks unkempt and these 2 small coins are probably worth a lot to her.
She brought a tear to my eye. I am so often touched by the generosity of people.