So, Imgur is one of my guilty pleasures.

This just hit there.

I'll be the first to say that the experience isn't one I can personally relate to.

But hot damn the humanity is.

Everybody is fighting a very hard battle.

Sometimes even just a warm word can do wonders. (Though sometimes it takes more than that.)

(CW: mention of self-harm in the screenshot, though it ends well.)


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Q: What's the kindest thing a stranger has done or said to you?

A: Oh God! I can't even tell this story and not cry.
I used to manage an LGBT bookstore, when bookstores were still a thing. One night, a caller says he thinks he might be gay and is considering self-harm. We were not a crisis center!
But as long as we're talking, he's safe, right?

So I talk to this guy and I answer questions, and I try to be encouraging and I'm maybe sounding a little frantic and I'm definitely ignoring the 4--5 customers in the store, and this angel of a woman puts her hand on my shoulder and asks for the phone.
"My turn, she says".

And SHE, this 50-something lesbian talks to this stranger on the phone. And a LINE FORMS BEHIND HER. Every csutomer in the store knows that call, knows that feeling, and eveyr person takes a turn talking to that man.
That story comforts me so much to this day.

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@dredmorbius bookstores are still very much a thing. I go to mine at least every other week. Loved this

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