Almost a year ago, Netflorist gave Brent Lindeque 67 cakes to hand out, to randomly share kindness.
He gave to kids in squatter camps, firemen who keep us safe, workers laying new pipes & even a few ladies waiting for their taxis home.
But none of them compared to Lilly, who stole his heart & in one split second, reminded him why being kind mattered so much.
The story is a simple one but a reminder to us all.
“I slowly approached the intersection where this broken, weathered, warn out woman stands day in & day out, hoping that the light would turn red so I could hand her a piece of cake.”
It eventually did, but he could see frustration in a lady in his rearview mirror, waving her hands & yelling profanities because of his slow pace.
Brent made a quick decision to not just pass the cake through the window but get out of his car… he handed her the cake & she hugged him.
“The cake didn’t matter… I could see in her eyes that the acknowledgement was what she needed.”
“Too many people look the other way.”
He got back in his car & the angry lady behind him hooted to apologise & then started rummaging through her things to give Lilly something too.
That moment, that single moment had inspired someone to do something different, to see someone different. To help someone different.
He drove away but all he could think about was the way Lilly had touched him…
“It must be so soul-wrenching for people to look past you everyday.”
“All she needed was a little recognition.”
He couldn’t help himself. He went back, parked his car & sat with Lily, on the pavement in peak hour traffic…
“And for a moment it didn’t matter where we were, or what we did for a living. We laughed, we shared stories & we ate cake.”
“Lilly is just a person, like all of us & we may have our differences but deep down we’re all the same. We’re in this together & the only way we’ll get through this is together…”
Brent posted the story on his personal Facebook which connected him to Abbie Mcdonald, the lady who was in the car behind him.
“Well done!!! Really awesome!! And please forgive my impatience…I was the rude woman in the black Audio who was going crazy because you weren’t driving when the light was green….so embarrassed once I saw why… you were doing a random act of kindness! God Bless you x”
Almost a year later and Abbie, who has been helping Lilly ever since, wrote to GoodThingsGuy to update us on Lilly.
“Hi Brent…remember me??
I was the angry driver turned good samaritan the day I saw you stop your car to give the homeless old lady ”Lilly” some food… just wanted to let you know that I just passed her now on her corner… Main Road & R55 to give her some food and she was in high spirits.
She told me that she will be moving to Cape Town as a Portuguese man has given her money and a job as a filing clerk in Cape Town!!!
How awesome is that?? She was beaming with joy… just thought you would like to know about your old friend Lilly.
There is always hope.”
Thank you for the update Abbie, we are so happy that the community has come together to assist our friend Lilly.