At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.
Today, the wonderful Alysia D. Evans is here to share a story. Also, Alysia is giving away 1 ecopy of Red Bush and Lemon. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.
Take it away, Alysia.
One Act of Kindness
One act of kindness always stands out in my mind, even though it was thirty-five years ago. The previous night, me and a university friend had been out to the pub, getting very drunk on strong scrumpy cider.
The following morning, my head pounding with a hangover, my friend dropped me off in Bath Spa, a town in South West England, constructed by the Romans. She went off to work, telling me to telephone her later that day and she’d come and collect me.
I vaguely remember staggering around an antique market and the Roman bath-house. Eventually, lunchtime arrived and I decided I was ready to go back to my friend’s house and chill.
Now in those days nobody I knew owned a mobile phone; they were large, bulky objects used in cars by people with money. Most people used coin operated telephones, housed in bright red telephone boxes. So, with my hangover continuing to vibrate around my head, I stood in a telephone box and rummaged through my pockets for a coin, ten pence would have been sufficient to make my call – money went a lot further in those days. But my pockets were empty, all I had in my purse was a couple of pound notes – these were the days before pound coins.
Stepping out of the phone box I stood outside, like an untidy drunken beggar, stopping passers-by, asking if they could change my pound note for coins.
Most people ignored me, until a lady stopped, she didn’t have a pound’s worth of change but she could give me thirty pence. I gave her my pound note and took the three ten pence pieces. But she insisted on giving my note back, telling me to keep the coins. I tried to give her twenty pence and keep one coin. She wouldn’t have that either and wandered off. The lady’s kindness and generosity surprised me, embedding the moment in my mind. Returning inside the telephone box I went to make my call.
Next problem was, I didn’t have my friends telephone number…
by Alysia D. Evans
Available in Kindle Unlimited
What do you do when life has got on top of you? When you need to find yourself? The answer, Lucy decided, was to disappear into another world. Expand her knowledge, learn how to live life from a new cultural point of view. That’s what she expected from her exciting holiday to Botswana. But when she met Jaz, her tour guide, Lucy was about to learn a whole lot more about herself. And considering what was happening back at home, her holiday became a life-changing event.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Alysia D. Evans lives in a village in the British countryside. When the weather permits, she is inspired to be creative by the view from her window. She lives with her wonderful partner and small, brown, sleepy dog. When Alysia’s not obsessed with putting pen to paper, she enjoys watching sports and TV dramas.
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Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!
Miranda & TB