Today I wish for:
I was in Kohl's, waiting on line to pay for my stuff, when I saw a worker walk to a nearby phone and page "Code Yellow" overhead. He then turned, knelt by the child who was with him, and that's when I noticed that the little boy was crying.
Within seconds, 30-ish Kohl's employees gathered around the kid. I mean it. I didn't even know Kohl's had that many people working at any given time. They literally seemed to come out of the woodwork. Some were actually running from where they were to where this kid was standing.
I realized that Code Yellow had to have meant "lost child," and I watched with keen interest as they asked the boy questions ("What's your name?" "What does your mom look like?" Where were you when you saw her the last time?"), and then, as quickly as they'd arrived, they scattered through the store to look for her.
Within a very few minutes, another overhead page--this one canceling the Code Yellow. I'm guessing they found the mom.
I was so deeply touched by the absolute caring and kindness so many people showed toward that child. I know it's probably mandated that they come a-runnin', but the looks on their faces and the concern in their eyes was certainly genuine. Mandate or not, what they did was absolutely a mitzvah.
Wouldn't it be nice if we cared to be that kind all the time?