12 ’overheard’ stories to touch your heart
Strange and beautiful things happen to each of us every day, and sometimes you just cannot keep silent about them. This is what inspired a special online project that allows people to share anonymously all the heart-warming, hilarious, sad, inspiring and wonderful stories from people’s lives that they overhear.
We are always happy to share those stories that made at least one person’s day a little more joyful. So here are 12 such tales to inspire you and warm your heart.
- A very elderly man with a large packet in his hands always comes by our apartment block every morning. The whole courtyard comes alive when he shows up; all the local cats and their kittens run up to him from all directions, purring and rubbing his legs. He tries to give some of his attention to each one of the animals, petting them, talking to them. Then he goes to their bowls scattered underneath the nearby trees, cleans them, ladles out some pet food from his packet, and pours some milk and fresh water. And then the whole crowd of cats scampers over to have breakfast. His wife, who prepares the food, keeps watching him all the time from the window. Both of them are in their seventies, and they set aside part of their pensions every month for cat food and other treats for the cats. He comes to feed them every day, rain or shine. Whenever I see him, I want to thank him with all my heart, because he does not just help all the stray pets, but he has also changed the way our neighbours treat them, too. Many were inspired to start feeding them as well, some are even trying to find homes for them. There is kindness in this world!
- I was walking my dog, and I passed by a bench where a girl was sitting talking on her phone, crying silent tears. And she was saying in a flat voice that everything was OK, that she would not miss him, that she did not love him either. She hung up and started sobbing. And in my mind I saw everything that I had been through: how I had been sitting just like her, choking back tears, how I didn’t feel like living anymore — because what’s the point of living without your beloved? I sat next to her quietly, pulled my dog closer on its lead. She petted him for a very long time, then thanked me and left. I hope she’s fine!
- Not long ago I was sitting on the porch with my husband, my mother and my daughter when I saw a horse with a cart running down the hill at full speed. And in the cart there was a girl who must have four, crying and calling for help. And all of a sudden I was trying to seize the reins with even knowing how I got there, and then I ended up on all fours between the feet of the animal. In moments like that, you don’t even think about whether you’re in danger or not — you just know that you have to help. I scraped my knees badly. I got up, trying to run after the horse, and then I understood that I could not catch up with it. My husband and I jumped in our car and rushed after them. My husband blocked the horse’s way a little bit, and I seized those damned reins. We grabbed the child, calmed her down. And we didn’t know who the girl was or who her parents were. So we turned the horse back, left the car and went around the village asking the locals whose child it was. Eventually, we found her mother and her grandfather. The grandfather had scraped his knees badly just like me, after he had also tried to catch up with the horse. It turned out that the horse had been scared by a tractor and dashed off. And then my husband started laughing at me, saying that there were burning wooden houses in the village waiting for me to put them out!
- I was ten years old when I tried to first start earning money. I made knitted napkins and sewed oven gloves. Then I gave them to the art centre to sell. And when they sold them they gave me a few coins. I was awfully proud! And only in my thirties did I learn that it was my granny who had gone there every time and bought all my hand-made napkins. She still uses them today.
- I bought an acrylic bathtub for my bathroom. A specialist from the shop came to install it, connected it, everything was perfect. Brand new, beautiful — super. After a couple of months, little air bubbles started appearing all over the surface of the tub. I thought, well, I blew it, we had a cast-iron one before with no problems, and here I got hooked by fancy advertising. I called the shop and told them that they had sold me rubbish. They told me they would send a specialist to have a look. He came over promptly, and quickly worked out what the problem was. He simply removed a protective film from the surface of the tub, and all the bubbles were gone. Maybe it pays to read the manual first!
- I dropped in to the post office. There was a queue of at least 30 people, probably more, and each person was taking 10-15 minutes at the window. Half an hour later, only three people had been served. Right in front of me there was an old man in his seventies. Suddenly he turned to me and said, "When I came here, I was your age." Everybody in the queue burst into laughter. That old man just made my day!
- I teach foreign languages in a local community center for the elderly and the disabled. One day before the beginning of a lesson, my elderly students were still fussing over their preparations, getting out their exercise books and putting on their glasses and hearing aids. And then an 81-year-old student, adjusting his hearing aid, said to his wife:
’Tell me something.’
’I love you,’ she whispered in reply.
’What?!’ he said, readjusting the device.
’I love you!’
Both of them looked embarrassed, and then the man kissed her gently on the cheek. I had to teach a class, and I couldn’t stop sobbing. True love exists!
- My girlfriend and I have been together for two years and we are engaged. Recently, she read in a book about horoscopes that we are not compatible, and tearfully said she wanted to cancel our wedding. So I called the printers of this particular book, offered to pay them quite a lot of money, and they agreed to print one copy of the book where they will write that we are compatible. I am on my way to pick it up.
- My husband and I are doctors. He is a surgeon. One day I came to his practice, and lay down for a few minutes on a couch behind the bookcase. And then my husband comes in with a very young and very pretty intern and they do not see me behind the bookcase. To my horror I hear that the girl starts telling him how much she admires him, how she loves and absolutely adores him. Also she was, naturally, trying to show it as effectively as she could. My heart stopped. And then my husband kindly, quietly and guardedly explains to her that she was just carried away by emotions, that she was young and would have her own experiences. He said that he loves his wife and family, and the girl should pay more attention to guys her age. Then he went to the reception, and I slipped away quietly. I have been on cloud nine for three days and my husband can’t work out why.
- My uncle got caught in a horrible car accident: he was ran over by a van. He broke every single bone in his body! He looked like a big rag doll in bed, not like a person. His wife and children turned away from him in horror. And only my mom, my dear mom, saved him. She stayed in the hospital with him for months, and then took care of him at our place. Bedpans, spoon-feeding...She did not have any time for herself al all. I helped her as best I could. And now a year later my uncle is walking, although with a cane. But he walks by himself! I admire my mom so much! Now, I’m saving money for her to go on holiday. Kindness should always pay off!
- One morning, my four-year-old son came into the bedroom room. He kept pulling up his falling down trousers and said, "Mom, I have bad news for you: I lost weight." I nearly had heart failure — why on Earth was he losing weight at his age?! That can’t be right! Thankfully, it turned out that the elastic in his pants had torn.
- There are eight children in our family: my seven older brothers, and me — the youngest. I always thought that I was the special one: my parents never not lose hope of having a girl — and here I am. But recently I found out from the neighbours that I was adopted when I was two. I cried all day, and then suddenly it dawned on me: all my life it never crossed my mind that I might not be related to them! My parents never deprived me of anything; on the contrary, I thought they loved me more than their other children. And my brothers, even in the heat of a really bad argument, never even hinted at it. I learnt the truth and now love my real family more than ever.