I worked at a rural festival this past weekend. Due to the nice weather, it was extremely busy and was likely a record setting crowd with upwards of 5,000 people in attendance at any given time.
As I stood in the middle of the closed road, surrounded by thousands of festival guests, a young girl, maybe 12 or 13-years-old approached me. She was pushing her friend, another young girl, in a wheel chair. She explained that she had been trying to wheel her friend up an incline to a sidewalk where it was easier to maneuver the wheelchair. She moved her wallet to a different pocket because it was uncomfortable in the pocket where she had it originally. The wallet soon fell from her pocket and was lost. The wallet was black and had a Mickey Mouse logo on one corner. It contained $32.00 cash and there was no identification. A backtrack of her route was fruitless and she was on the verge of tears, though she worked hard to stifle them.
I accompanied the girls to the festival’s command trailer that was about 1/4 mile down the road. When we arrived, I asked if anyone had turned in a black wallet. “Yes,” was the response. “Can it be identified further?” I mentioned the Mickey Mouse logo and money.
I was handed a small black wallet. I walked over to the young girl who stood by her friend in the wheelchair. Together, we counted the ones and fives in the wallet; exactly $32.00 cash.
I wish the person who found the wallet was there to observe this deserving young lady as she received her wallet back. Great relief and joy burst from her face, and her every word was one of thanks and appreciation. Her friend was thankful too, and the excited gratitude of the two was infectious to those who witnessed. There were tears of joy, and I might have been a little moist-eyed too, but I’ll swear that it was just sweat.
The person who found the wallet wished to remain anonymous. Boy, I wish they hadn't. I would like to call and personally thank them, and relate how much their good citizenry and honesty meant to a couple of young girls; and to me. My faith in humanity received a needed boost, and this good person’s simple gesture of honesty made up for twenty dipships, whose actions make me wonder if this society has lost its way.
The chances are slim, but if a reader of this is the one who found the wallet, Thank You! I will pay your kindness forward, as I am sure, will two young girls whose day was brightened by the goodness of a stranger.