Train: Perth to Melbourne
“Would you like this?”
We looked up from our train seats to find Angus smiling at us. A young fellow with blond hair to match the golden fields outside the windows and a face full of freckles, he was holding out a picture of a boat he’d drawn.
“Well, thanks Angus,” we said, both surprised and touched by our unexpected gift. For the next hour we watched Angus work the carriage, giving out a picture to nearly everyone on board. The couple next to us put a sketch of his family up on the window. The woman in the seat ahead grinned broadly and then folded her rainbow drawing carefully into her purse.
Angus brought a smile to quite a few faces that afternoon and reminded us that sometimes the simplest things in life, the smallest gesture of generosity, can create great joy. If the lack of snow dampened our Christmas spirits, then it’s people like Angus who have lifted them back up. (more…)