Awkward Angels and the Magic of Kindness

How a homeless person taught me an important lesson.

Eira Braun-Labossiere 🌻

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Today’s writing challenge is more of a challenge to my memory banks but I fumbled around my brain to rediscover a funny little life incident.

My writing challenge for the day:

“Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.”

Like many of you, I was raised to be humble. One does not boast of their accomplishments or feel too proud or (heaven forbid) feel overtly confident about one’s appearance. That’s just downright vanity! I grew up in a very conservative community that emphasized the philosophy of modesty and humility. Actually no, I would say more than being emphasized, it was quietly insisted upon. And to be on the safe side of vanity avoidance, it was commonly practiced to never believe or accept a compliment (or at least to be highly skeptical about one).

Fast forward to my 30’s: my husband and I are living near a small prairie city and I am working for a graphic design company in sales. Even though it was a small office, I would dress professionally. No one ever made me feel bad about myself, but my self-consciousness of not measuring up to what I thought I should look like was always a little nagging internal voice. I know I’m not special for feeling this way; it’s always a struggle to remind ourselves that we are all beautiful in our own way.

So it was a surprise to me when a stranger told me something about myself that I never forgot.

On this particular day, I decided to dress monochromatically, in a lighter-shade-of-pale kind of way. Why? I don’t know, perhaps I wasn’t in the mood to match colours? Or maybe that’s all I had that was clean that day? Be as it may, dear reader, I was head to toe in off white. This is a dangerous prospect for someone like me who is regularly prone to spilling and staining my clothes. I knew I was taking a huge risk but darn it, I went for it!

Occasionally during my lunch break, I would skip across the street to a local Safeway. Here I could grab lunch or get a bit of grocery shopping done. Courageously on this day — no matter the potential danger of spillage or…

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Eira Braun-Labossiere 🌻

English major. Writes about greyhounds + lurchers, things that bother her & little wonders that delight. Proud Rotarian!⚙ #bigskylife