My mom offered to stay with her until a tow truck came to move the vehicle so

My mom offered to stay with her until a tow truck

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anxious and more lively. My mom offered to stay with her until a tow truck came to move the vehicle, so we drove her back to a nearby parking lot to wait it out. All the while, the woman was immensely gracious and thankful towards my mother, and the two of them even realized they had come from the same town in Venezuela, sparking a heartfelt conversation about their shared love for their city. We waited for about two hours, but it honestly seemed to fly by as we were all having such a good time talking about food and music and beaches and practically everything in between. She was one of the most interesting and beautiful people I had ever met – sharing amazing photographs she had taken all over the world and telling stories both humble and grandiose alike. It was then that I realized the power of kalokagathia , a term used in the Middle Ages that emphasizes inner beauty as opposed to outer beauty (Dürrigl). Like Dürrigl described
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in “Beauty is in More Than Just External Appearance,” her beauty radiated vibrantly from within. Eventually, we dropped her off at her home and parted ways almost tearfully. However, to this day, my family and hers stay connected and visit each other for picnics and barbeques, always filled with life and laughter. My mother’s kindness and generosity towards someone who was then a stranger taught me an important lesson about being a good person. Extending a helping hand to someone who could use it is always a rewarding experience and I try to put this value in practice whenever possible. After all, the way that I see it, an important part of the good life is helping others out in reaching their own good lives as well.
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Work Cited Dürrigl, M-A. Kalokagathia – Beauty is in More Than Just External Appearance. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology , Blackwell Science Limited, 2002, 208-210.
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  • Fall '15
  • RalfRemshardt
  • Middle Ages, English-language films, Dürrigl

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