This is Eileen. She is not a BIG woman. She is, in fact, quite petite. But what she “lacks” in size, she makes up for in MOXIE. Yes, moxie and kindness! Meet Eileen, the newest Kindness Activist!!
Eileen is someone who might be described by friends using adjectives like “spunky”, “perky”, “smart”, “adorable”, “strong”, “witty”, and “talented”*, but I bet none of them thought to use “burly”. That is, until now! You see, EILEEN STOPPED A PURSE THIEF!!
“What the WHAT??” I see you silently wondering. Here’s the deal:
Eileen was minding her own business, walking to the metro in Washington DC wearing her bright pink backpack and pink Chuck Taylors. She heard a woman behind her holler that somebody had taken her bag. She says, “I turned around and there was a man running towards me, and in my infinite ‘flight or flight’ response, I did NEITHER, and just SAT DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK. Because the man was running and looking behind him (at the woman he had just robbed…) he didn’t see that I had crouched in front of him and he fell over me.”
Is this not the coolest story already? Our Activist has tripped up a bad guy!! GO EILEEN!
But, like many stories here, it gets even better…
You see, when he tumbled and fell over Eileen, the baddie DROPPED both the purse he had stolen and, wait for it, his own wallet!!! Eileen grabbed both of those things as the man stumbled up and ran away. She returned the purse to its owner and held onto the wallet until police arrived. I asked her if the guy was hurt when he fell and we decided that his pride was probably hurt worse than his body. This beefy young guy had been duped by our pink shoe-d hero!
|Our hero's pink shoes|
When the police came Eileen gave a statement and ID’ed the guy from the identification photo in the wallet (which, honestly, could have been anyone’s wallet! I mean, if the guy steals purses, maybe he steals wallets, too, right? But it turned out this was the bad guy’s actual wallet – isn’t that fantastic???). A few days later she had to go do an official police line-up – just like on tv.
I asked Eileen what the woman did when she returned the purse to her, and she said, “She was really very appreciative. I did not feel like a HERO. It was more like, my brain short-circuited and thought, “Let’s go into turtle mode!”. The whole thing took maybe a minute and a half, but it felt like an eternity. If I had a moment to think about it I probably would have gotten out of the way and he would have run away. But my brain literally short-circuited and I just SAT DOWN. The cop said, ‘Usually in those types of situations we tell people not to do vigilante justice, but you just SAT DOWN.’ “
|Eileen doesn't normally live in DC, she is visiting here and performing in "Beertown" by Dog and Pony, DC. Check it out! While in town, she took some time to explore the butterfly exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.|
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Before the cops called to let her know they had caught the guy, she was a bit nervous walking around the city wearing the same bright pink backpack that made her so recognizable. In hindsight, she realized there could have been other people working with the guy who saw her, the guy could have had a weapon, etc., all scary thoughts. In summing up the experience, she said, “I hope that, from this situation, the man thinks about it and decides this is not the path for him”.
Many people would call Eileen a HERO for her actions that day. I would add another title: KINDNESS ACTIVIST. I can’t think of many people that I know (myself included) that would put themselves on the line like that (turtle style) to stop an injustice. But she did it! Way to go Eileen!
*Footnote: all adjectives used in this description are used in a POSITIVE manner, so don’t get the wrong idea that “spunky” or “perky” are pejorative. No siree, they are COMPLIMENTS here.
P.S. - If you know of a Kindness Activist, please tell me about them! I am always hunting for more kind people! Send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org And while you are at it, "like" Kindness Activist on Facebook so you can see when the next one gets named!
|WAY TO GO!!|