In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Kindness of Strangers.”

When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened!


Many times as I commute to work, I, like so many other commuters, eye contact is avoided and never made. Seated across from me and one seat ahead, I noticed a young woman who appeared uncomfortable and looked unusual. She appeared to be a man dressed as a woman, as her looks drew the attention of other commuters.

When my stop was announced, I stood up, and immediately, the passenger behind me tapped my shoulder. The older gentleman in his seventies handed me my wallet that had fallen out of my rear pocket.

I was overwhelmed and delighted for his act of kindness. I shook his hand while repeatedly, thanking you for his honesty. He motioned for me to lean in closer as he whispered in my ear while pointing in the direction of the young woman I noticed earlier.

The older man said she was his 39-year-old son dressed as a woman. He was following his son around as part of a bet his son lost betting on the Super-Bowl. The son was to dress as a woman and ride the morning commuter train for two hours.

I laughed out loud, and the father asked me as I exited the train to ask his son for her number. I agreed and when I walked towards his son to ask for her number, she had a sorrowful scowl on her face and turned away. I exited the train and laughed all the way to work.

The Daily Post Prompt

By Expedition Nomadic Adventurer

As a retiree travel blogger touring the US, voicing my wisdom, opinion, and thoughts about the retirement lifestyle and life in general. I'm an aspiring pre-published indie author of baby boomer romance and adventures with a whimsical comedic side. I photograph wildlife and landscapes, mountain, biking, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. I travel the back roads and highways of America, Canada, and Mexico, documenting my adventures via print and photography.

11 thoughts on ““The Kindness of a Stranger & Honoring a Bet””
  1. Awww that must have been funny. The father sound like a fun guy and the son is a good sport. 🙂

    1. Fathers Knows’ Best is what I thought of as I walked away. Lol!

  2. Oh that conversation when the bet was first made! I wonder what Dad had to do if he had lost the Super Bowl bet? 😀

  3. A kind heart is a fountain of gladness. Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of many.
    Be swiftto kove, make haste to be kind.

    1. Why thank you Jeannie for your comments.

  4. How funny!

    When I was going to college, my friend dropped me off and I had his wallet in my lap. Later that day he got a call from the campus police saying his wallet had been turned in. It had everything in it still, including the cash, which stunned us. We couldn’t believe that nothing had been taken. There clearly are honest people out there still!

    1. Oh yes, there are many people who live a peaceful existence with hearts filled with love and kindness.

  5. Great story Marty. I did not expect the ending. Well-plotted.

    1. Why thank you!

  6. that is a wicked father!

  7. Wisdom and maturity is always a plus for any parent.

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