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    Sometimes we simply don’t see the whole picture, but later wish we had paid more attention.  Such was the case last Monday during the rainstorm.  
    I was in the local bank longer than I had anticipated.  As I was ready to leave, huge drops of rain with scattered little balls of ice pelted the pavement.  No way could I get to my car without being soaked.
    A young man wearing a hooded sweater sprinted to his car.  He sat for a while; his hands seemed occupied.  The rain slacked a bit.  He got out of his car, opened the trunk and took out an umbrella.  I thought, “Oh, dear.  His trunk is going to be very wet.  He must have forgotten something.”  
    He came to the door where I was standing, stepped back with the open umbrella, and waited for me to exit.  “No, I’ll just wait,” I said.  He hesitated, closed the door, put the umbrella back in the trunk, got in his car and left.  Unbelievable.  This young man had ventured through the rain to shelter me to my car, and I turned him down.  I am so sorry that I deprived him of sharing a kindness.  
    I wasn’t seeing the whole picture.  We are encouraged to do good deeds and help others.  It is also important to be gracious and accept courtesy and appreciation from others.  I do not know the name of the man in the navy hoodie and red car, but I’ll never forget him.  

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