It’s often said that we never know what’s going on in someone else’s life. That’s why it’s always a good idea to remain kind and thoughtful when dealing with other people – especially strangers.
One grandmother got to display a little bit of kindness one day when she took her grandson out for ice cream. Joyce Rhinehart from Columbus, Ohio took her grandson to Rita’s Italian Ice for a little ice cream treat after his tennis lesson one day.
As she was leaving the ice cream shop, she noticed a family of four enjoying their ice cream cones together. Something in Rhinehart made her want to go up to the family, say hi, and ask if they would like their picture taken together.
Rhinehart shared in a Facebook post, “Something urged me to ask them if I could take their picture, which they did not hesitate to agree.” The daughter of the family then took Rhinehart’s phone and used it to send the photo to the family. Then they parted ways.
Of course, the grandmother is a pretty big supporter of family photos. She shares that she thinks everyone should take pictures with each other in order to better remember the experiences they had together. That’s one of the reasons why she had asked the family if they’d like their photograph taken.
Rhinehart knew she had done a nice thing for the family but she didn’t know how much it would affect them until later. So, she soon forgot about the encounter and went on with her life.
A week had passed since Rhinehart had taken the family’s photo outside of Rita’s Italian Ice when the grandmother got a text message from an unknown sender on her phone. It turned out to be the father of the family with a very important bittersweet sentiment for the woman.
The message read: “Dear madam, you took our picture in front of Rita’s on June 8th. My wife has passed away yesterday and this is the last picture we have together as a family. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your kindness, it means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Rhinehart messaged the father back and the two talked for a bit. She learned that the man’s wife had been battling an illness for the past year, which she eventually succumbed to. While Rhinehart was very sympathetic towards the family, she was also grateful to know that she had unknowingly been able to give them that one last photo.
The woman shares, “Never underestimate a simple act of random kindness.” If she hadn’t listened to her gut that day and said hi to the family, they might have never gotten that final photograph.
All images credit to Joyce Rhinehart / Facebook.