The kindness of strangers

Today I am so thankful for the kindness of strangers. It may not seem a big deal to some but for me it meant alot. It happened when I was waiting in line to pick up a prescription today at the pharmacy.
Now to most (pain-free) people waiting in line for 20 minutes is annoying, a waste of time and it makes us irritable and frustrated. For me it was 15 minutes more than I could handle; I was in complete agony and I think it must have been obvious. 
I stood there while no one was serving this line of people waiting to pick up prescriptions or talk to a pharmacist about some OTC product. At least three people were ahead of me but it was hard to tell as the line was more of a straggly group just standing around in various places. But as we are very polite people here each person keeps track of who was there ahead of them. 
Shifting back and forth from one foot to the other I winced and cringed in pain. My lower back and SI joints were on fire; sciatica pain shooting down my right leg. I couldn't hide it like I normally can, it was too intense. All I could think was 'someone better start serving us here or I'll have to go back to the car and try again later'.
The pharmacist got busy with one customer who was starting a bunch of new meds so she had to go through each one with her. The only other staff was behind the back counter filling prescriptions while the crowd waiting got bigger and bigger and no one is being waited on. Meanwhile I am clenching my jaws and tensing so much that everything is starting to hurt, my head is aching and I'm almost in tears but I need this prescription now.
Oh, finally, there she is - the pharmacist is free and starts waiting on customers. The first lady in line is served quickly and on her way. I motion to the man next to me saying 'You were here first' and I know that the other man next to him was also here ahead of me. The man I spoke to says 'You go ahead'. I look to the second man and he nods me forward as well. 
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I'm sure they could see I was very uncomfortable but probably, really have no idea just how much pain I was in as I stepped forward with a sigh of relief and simply said with a grateful tone 'Oh thank you'. I don't think I was ever so relieved to be allowed to cut into a line. I paid for my order and hobbled very slowly out of the store, already wishing I had some way of letting these men know just how much their kindness meant to me.
It is nice to know there are still people in this world who aren't thinking only of themselves. Who aren't in such a hurry that they don't notice what it is going on around them. And who are willing to wait a couple extra minutes for the sake of helping a stranger. I am thankful I live in a place where old fashion values are still the norm, men are still gentlemen and strangers get as much respect as anyone else. 
Thank you to the two men who let me go ahead of them in line at the pharmacy yesterday. I don't know who you are but your kindness did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

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serenityha
serenityha

yes, even those seemingly small kindnesses can make all the difference in the world. very glad that you experienced some!!
WalkinBuffaloMan
WalkinBuffaloMan

Where I live is very similar, and it\'s still nice to see those random acts of kindness. Glad you got to experience that too! Gentle Hugszz, Blaine