Woman Helps Blind Old Lady at Hypermarket, Sees Her Approach Store Manager with Son the Next Day– Story of the Day
A young woman helps a blind old lady at a hypermarket, and her life changes overnight after the lady and her son begin searching for her the next day.
Have you ever wondered why some say: never think twice about helping others, especially the elderly? You may never know how your little act of kindness can return to you.
When the person you helped decides to show you gratitude, you can always expect the unexpected, just like what one old lady did for a young woman who was just trying to help her.
When 23-year-old Jessica helped blind old Barbara at the hypermarket, she had a surprise the next day that turned out to be jaw-dropping.
On a hot afternoon that June, Jessica was cycling to the gym when she stopped by the local hypermarket. The weather was a scorching 100°F outside. Jessica was sweating, so she stepped into the air-conditioned store under the pretext of shopping to enjoy some cool air.
First, she marched to the personal care section stacked with beauty and hygiene products. She looked at a few items and checked the price.
I can stay a little longer until it cools down outside and maybe buy a lip balm or something," she thought.
"Please check the CCTV footage and bring that girl to me," the blind old woman told the store owner.
Just as she wandered around, assuming she was the only person in that aisle, a loud crashing sound startled her. Jessica turned around and was shocked to see bottled and tinned products raining down around an old lady.
"Hey, hey...wait up, I'm coming," she said, sprinting to the woman. "Are you okay? Let me help you pick them up."
Thank you so much, sweetheart. I'm Barbara. I just wanted to find a moisturizer and talcum powder. But I guess I just tipped them over."
"That's alright," said Jessica, scooping the items off the floor and putting them back on the shelf. "Alright! Here you go, done...."
"Thanks again," replied Barbara, turning in a different direction and not towards where Jessica actually stood.
"Mmmmm, alright!" Jessica pursed her lips, unaware that Barbara was blind. She returned to the cosmetics section and witnessed something tear-jerking just moments later.
"This must be the talcum powder," Jessica heard Barbara's voice. She turned around and saw the woman running her hand over the items.
Jessica heard Barbara shriek and start to fall after she accidentally stepped on a little rubber duck on the floor. She ran to Barbara's rescue and caught her on time.
"Thank you, dear!" Barbara teared up, feeling Jessica's face and hair.
"It's alright. Do you want help with something, ma'am?"
"Actually, yes, I do. Can you please put some talcum powder, a handwash, a moisturizer, and a can of liquid detergent in my cart? I can't make out what is what by touching the items. I can't smell them either because they're sealed. I used to know before by just running my hands over them. But I'm finding it difficult now since they upgraded packaging and designs."
"Thanks, dear! I was told not to shop alone because I'm BLIND. I was just passing by from the hospital in my car and wanted to shop anyhow. I told my driver to wait outside because I thought I could do the shopping myself, but—"
"Oh, that's alright. Let me help you." Jessica was taken aback after hearing Barbara out and promptly helped her.
"Is there anything else you want, ma'am?"
"No, dear...Can you please take me to the checkout? I didn't bring my white cane."
"Sure! This way, please come with me."
Jessica assisted Barbara to the counter and waited until she settled the bill. Then she helped her walk to her car and stood there as Barbara's car disappeared onto the busy street.
That made my day. Let me go get my lip balm now," sighed Jessica. She bought the item and left the store, knowing little how her life would change the next day.
It seemed like history repeated itself the following afternoon. It was even hotter, and Jessica stopped by the mart to shop for some groceries.
As she walked around the aisle, she heard a voice from a farther corner and recognized it as Barabara's. Eager to meet her again, Jessica approached the spot and overheard the woman discussing her with the store manager. Barbara was not alone. She was accompanied by a handsome young man.
"She must be tall and had this silky, long hair. She had a sweet voice and a pimple or a mole on her right cheek. I felt it while touching her face. That's the girl I want to find," said Barbara.
Jessica was quite startled because the details matched hers. "Why is she talking about me?"
"I want to meet that girl. Does she work here?" demanded Barbara. "I can't rest until I meet her. Can you please bring her to me?"
"Ma'am, I don't know who you're referring to. Do you know her name?" asked the store manager.
"Oh, dear...I forgot to ask her name. She was wearing a jacket yesterday—I felt the fabric. Please check the CCTV footage and bring that girl to me."
"Oh my God! Did I do something wrong? Why does this lady want to see me?" Jessica gasped, silently sneaking behind them so she could eavesdrop on the conversation
The store manager led Barbara and the man with her, her son, Jake, to check the CCTV footage.
"Mom, you're right. She is in the footage with you. Sir, is she your staff? Can we meet her?"
"I'm sorry, Mr. Carter. But she is not one of our staff. Look, she shopped for something after leaving your mom in the car. She must be a customer."
"Oh, dear! But I wish I could meet her again. I want to tell her something very important." Barbara sounded disappointed.
At this point, Jessica could no longer hold back. She stepped out from behind the aisle and startled everyone.
"Miss Barbara! Are you talking about me? I was just hanging around and heard you talking about me—"
Barbara could not believe her ears. Her eyes teared up with joy as she walked as fast as she could to hug Jessica.
"Careful! Careful! I'm coming to you—Stay there," Jessica said, hurrying toward her. "What happened, and why were you looking for me?"
Barbara flushed red. She was shy but decided that it was time to introduce her son to Jessica.
"Darling, meet my son, Jake. Jake, this is—?"
"Oh, yes! I forgot to ask you your name. Jake, meet Jessica. Darling, I wanted to meet you because I wanted to know if you are single."
"Well, yes, I'm single," blushed Jessica, feeling shy. Why would Barbara even ask her such a question?
"Thank God! Jessica, I want my son to marry a girl like you. I hadn't met someone who matched my requirements until I met you yesterday!"
"Okay—So, how can I help you?" Jessica blushed, staring at Barbara and Jake. "What do you want me to do?"
"Simple! Why don't you and Jake get to know each other?!"
"WHAT?!" Jake and Jessica exclaimed simultaneously.
"Mom! Stop this. It's not funny." Jake laughed. "Look, Jessica, I am sorry, okay? I think mom is just out of her mind. Mom, stop—I can't stop laughing. Come, let's go home."
"No, I'm serious. I like Jessica. I feel that she will make a perfect wife and daughter-in-law. I always wanted a girl for you who would respect her elders and help them. And I felt those qualities in her. She is the one! Jake, say yes...say yes!"
Jessica was in seventh heaven that day. Although she was startled by Barbara's strange request, she could not deny that dating a handsome man like Jake would be a pleasure.
The three left the mart and Jessica and Jake locked eyes. They exchanged numbers. They started dating and grew closer with each passing day, ultimately falling in love a few months later.
Barbara's wish was finally fulfilled when Jessica and Jake became engaged. They started dating and married a year later. Two years after the wedding, they welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl they named Barbara, after her doting grandma. Sadly, Barbara passed away peacefully in her sleep a year later.
Jessica, Jake, and their lovely daughter Barbara often visit grandma Barbara's grave to spend some quiet time with her. At times, Jessica and Jake laugh, remembering how they crossed paths, thanks to their late beloved Barbara and her unique way of rewarding her rescuer!
What can we learn from this story?
- A little act of kindness can return to you tenfold. Jessica helped the blind Barbara shop in the hypermarket. Though her gesture was small, she managed to win Barbara's heart and ultimately married her son.
- When you see someone who might need help, especially the elderly, do not think twice about doing it. When Jessica saw Barbara struggling to decipher things and shop due to her blindness, she did not ignore her and helped instead.
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