Something similar happened today. I climbed a tower to get a nice view of the Ozarks and to take a “thank you picture” for one of the people who have donated money, to my cancer research fund.
About half-way up, I saw a dad and 6 daughters walk toward the tower. They reached the top while I was writing on the “thank you” sign I use when taking thank you pictures. I asked if one of the daughters would take my picture and added that the picture was to thank someone for donating to cancer research because I have cancer. They were surprised and subdued. I added that my cancer is under control because of a new drug, and I’ve learned to enjoy life more than ever, like my ride across the US.
One of the daughters took my picture, and all of them walked back down the tower. The dad stayed at the top, and we talked for a while. I commented that it was great that Missouri kept the tower open to the public and didn’t close it out of fear, of being sued or someone falling off. I added that there’s too much fear in the world today, and the father agreed. We both talked about how TV feeds and builds on that fear. We talked for a while more, and I added that he has great kids.
He walked down, and I stayed to take a panographic picture. After finishing the photo, I walked down, and about half-way, the father called out, “My kids have something for you.”
There are some bad people out there, always have been, but there are so many more good.