Nicole Cliffe ffe – Mar 4
¢ What is the kindest thing a stranger has done or said to you?
Oh God I can’t even tell this story and not cry.
I used to manage an LGBT bookstore, when bookstores
were still a thing. One night, a caller says he thinks he
might be gay and is considering self-harm. We were not
a crisis center!
But as long as we’re talking, he’s safe, right?
So I talk to this guy and I answer questions, and I try to be encouraging
and I’m maybe sounding a little frantic and I’m definitely ignoring the 4-5
customers in the store, and this angel of a woman puts her hand on my
shoulder and asks for the phone.
“My turn,” she says.
pr And SHE, this 50-something lesbian talks to this stranger on the phone.
And a LINE FORMS BEHIND HER. Every customer in that store knows
that call, knows that feeling, and every person takes a turn talking to that
That story comforts me so much to this day.