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The homeless mother clutching her children in the rain didn't know him when he handed her his umbrella.

The jobless father who got free job training and a promising job offer didn't know him.

The lonely old man contemplating suicide changed his mind, due to a caring gesture, didn't know him.

The newly orphaned siblings were able to stay together because of a man they didn't know.

When Sylvester died, none of these people came to his funeral because they didn't know him.

Sylvester lived an unassuming life, but because he lived, the lives of others were better for it.

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    Christopher over 3 years ago

    This is really touching, Michael. Well done.

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    Drew Martyn over 3 years ago

    I just don't have the words to describe how amazing this is. To have encapsulated the invisible power of small kindnesses in one drabble, and to have linked it together so simply and so cleverly is nothing short of wonderful. And on top of that, it stops and makes you consider other peoples contributions and, like Christopher said, is very touching.
    Brilliantly done, thank you :)

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    Michael D. Brooks over 3 years ago

    Christopher, thank you. It took me a while to work this one out. I struggled with connecting the dots and making it flow without becoming disjointed at the end.

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    Michael D. Brooks over 3 years ago

    Drew, I was thinking about a dear friend of mine who passed away a few years ago when I wrote this. I interviewed her once for an article and during the course of the interview I asked her how she wanted to be remembered; she said she wanted people to remember her as someone who tried to make the world a better place.

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    Michael D. Brooks over 3 years ago

    Drew, oops. Forgot to say thanks!

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    Drew Martyn over 3 years ago

    What a lovely person she must have been.
    And no worries, that's fine :)

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