According to a common definition, chivalry is “the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, especially courage, honor, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak.”
The word is usually associated with the medieval institution of knighthood when knights’ and gentlewomen’s behaviors were governed by chivalrous social codes.” Today, however, we understand chivalry as a courtesy and gentleness to women.
Little acts do wonders: from waiting for a woman to sit before a man does, to help her with a coat to let her go through a door first. Having said that it’s subject to debate whether chivalry is still relevant today in a world where we put gender equality before other things.
So while you think about where you stand in this discussion (and share your thoughts below!) scroll down for Bored Panda’s list of pics showing chivalrous men in action.
#1 The Good Son
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#2 Both A Kind Gesture And A Flex. Best Of Both Worlds
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#3 Props To That Guy
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#4 Very Kind Professor
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#5 6-Year-Old Boy Protected His Little Sister From Dog Attack. He Stated, "If Anyone Has To Die, It's Me. I'm The Big Brother"
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#6 After A Woman Was Taken To The Hospital With Hypoglycemia, Two Policemen Stayed To Prepare Dinner For The Five Kids Who Were Still In The House And Did The Dishes
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#7 Lithuanian Police Tradition To Pull Over Every Female Driver On International Women’s Day And Give Them Flowers
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#8 So Sweet
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#9 Good Samaritan Carries Elderly Woman Struggling To Use Stairs
Y'all I have to brag about my husband big time tonight! He made me soo proud. As we were sitting in our seats waiting for the rodeo to start I noticed an elderly lady (pictured below) her grown daughter and 2 young granddaughters trying to come down the stairs. The elderly lady was having a rough time. I pointed them out to my husband and said they may need help. Not only did he help get her to her seat, but she did not have the strength to come back up the stairs. So, he carried her!
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#10 He's A Keeper
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#11 On My Flight Back To Georgia I Saw A Man Who Offered To Help This Woman Because She Was Pregnant And Alone On The Flight And Her Son Was Upset And Fussy
He did not complain, he just told her that he was a DAD, and wanted to help her so she could rest. This MAN walked the aisle for most of the flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta comforting this woman's son as if he was his own... I was in tears... Not because he was white and she was black... But because it showed me today that there are still GOOD people out there in a world full of turmoil. Big UPS to this DAD and all the DADS out there... You are the real MVPS!
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#12 The Woman Pushing The Car Is Blind. The Man Right Next To Her Repeats Every Single Thing He Sees - What’s On Sale, The Brands And Styles
I heard her say while choosing bath towels “ Please get me two white ones, I love the color white”... let us cherish the small gift that is eyesight!
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#13 This Amazing Gentleman, Every Valentine's Day, Brings All The Widows From The Nursing, Retirement Home And Treats Them To Lunch, Gifts, And A Rose For Each
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#14 Isn't That Just Love?
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#15 I Got A Flat & Although My BF Was On The Phone Trying To Help, I Was Struggling To Loosen The Lug Nuts. Then These Guys Came Up
They spoke limited English but gestured toward the tire. They put my spare on & I was back on the road in no time. I thanked them & tried to offer them $ to no avail.
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#16 Lowe's Ran Out Of Generators, And A Complete Stranger Gave His Generator To A Woman Whose Father Is Living On Oxygen. People Helping People. I Love My State
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#17 A Lot Of People Got To Hear John Williams Conduct A Program Of His Music On Wednesday Night. One Who Didn't Was A Security Guard. So Seth Low Gave Her An Mini-Concert
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#18 This Kind Bus Driver Stopped His Bus, Which Was Full Of Passengers, To Comfort A Bullied Girl He Saw Crying On The Side Of The Road
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#19 This Gate Agent Offered To Help An Exhausted Mother Travelling Alone Calm Down Her Crying Infant
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#20 He's A Keeper
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#21 When Being A Gentleman Is On Automatic Mode
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#22 NFL Player Pushes Woman In A Wheelchair Through The Airport When No Staff Showed Up To Help Her
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#23 I Got A Flat Tire In An Unfamiliar Area, These Men Stopped And Offered To Help. They Ended Up Doing All The Work And Wouldn’t Accept Money When I Offered
Bonus: my lil man in the car keeping me safe from strangers.
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#24 This Man Offered To Hold Woman's Baby While She Filled Out Paperwork At The Doctor's Office
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#25 This Guy Kept His Hand In This Position For More Than 45 Minutes So His Daughter Could Sleep Well
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#26 This Dude That Gave His Girl His Shoes Cause Her Feet Hurt Just Set The Bar Way Too High
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#27 This Punk Helping A Woman Carry Heavy Stuff In Berlins Subway
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#28 She May Be In The Hospital, But He Made Sure They Celebrated 57 Years Together
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#29 My Neighbor Knows I'm At Home With A 2-Year-Old While My Husband Is At Work. He Kindly Removed Snow, Cleared Our Walkways, And Salted The Driveway
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#30 Jack Purchased Seats In The Upper-Class Cabin For A Flight Home. When He Got Onboard, Jack Found Violet In The Economy Class And Swapped Seats With Her
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#31 Real Chivalry
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#32 Dude Saw A Little Old Lady Was Having Trouble Bagging Some Stuff So He Stopped And Held Her Bag Open For Her
Small act but man did it make my day... And yes I absolutely took a pic of 2 complete strangers.
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#33 A Couple Of Months Ago, An Elderly Lady Asked Me To Walk Her Home Because She Was Scared She Was Going To Slip On The Ice. Now I Walk Her Home Almost Every Day
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#34 Saudi Police Officers Handing Out Roses To Women Drivers (Today Is The First Day They Can Drive Legally)
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#35 A Young Man Sheltering An Old Lady From Hail While Crossing The Road. Tbilisi, Georgia
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#36 A Gentleman
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#37 A Train Driver Helping A Passenger
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#38 Chivalry Will Never Die
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#39 My Great-Uncle Visits His Wife Every Day Because She's In An Assisted Living Facility As She Has Alzheimer's. He Can't Go In Right Now For Safety Reasons
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#40 Wholesome Hair Husband
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#41 The Firefighters That Helped Deliver Our Baby In Our Driveway Last Week Just Dropped Off Flowers
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#42 Is This What Being In Love Is?
So I broke my hand in the most stupid way anyone could break their hand.
I was helping Cody, my boyfriend, move a bookshelf. We were too lazy to take everything off. I grabbed it wrong and it fell on my right hand. Since I am in the military, I have to keep my hair within standards. However trying to make a ponytail, then a bun with one hand is pretty much impossible. Cody, my boyfriend, was such a great sport helping me out. He did pretty freaking great for not having any experience!!
Cody has been nothing but amazing. He has helped me shower, dressed me, done most chores around the apartment, tucks me into bed, cuddles me on bad days while I cry my eyes out and now he does my hair (he even learned to braid it)
I thought I had been in love before but after seeing how he has lifted me up and helped me out, the other men I thought I loved are not half the man Cody is.
We have only been dating for 8 months and we haven't said I love you to each other but I think this is what love feels like. It's such a strange feeling and difficult to describe. Now I understand the definition of "when you know, you know".
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#43 This Lovely Gentleman Came In Today To Learn How To Curl His Wife’s Hair. His Wife Is Unable To Curl Her Own Hair And Often Burns Herself
So he stepped up to the plate and learned how to curl her hair. We had the pleasure of teaching him! We taught him how to do volume curls on short hair, how to protect her skin from being burned and we even taught him to put on her mascara.
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#44 My Girlfriend Lost Her Purse With Her Passport And A Lot Of Money In It. This Dude Found It, Contacted Her, And Got It Back To Her With Everything Still In It
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#45 Young Man Comes In Alone, Sees The Older Lady Eating By Herself, Asks To Join Her. Instant Friends. This Is What Is Right In The World
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#46 Chivalry Still Exists
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#47 An Invoice From A Fantastic Gentleman Named James Anderson From The UK, After Fixing An Elderly Lady’s Boiler
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#48 This Little Lady Has Been Asking Her Husband To Push Her Around So She Can Catch Pokémon While They Wait To Board Their Flight
He keeps checking in and cheering her on to see if they got one. Find someone who loves you like this.
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#49 So, Not The Best Husband In The World
This was at 6.30 AM at the bakery this morning. I was convinced I was going to be first and alone. Thought I was the best husband in the world getting up at 6 on a Sunday to get fresh croissants for Mother's day breakfast. Apparently, others put in even more effort.
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#50 This Lady Fell And These Gentleman Came To Help Her Up Until Her Friend Could Come And Pick Her Up
One of them was driving by and immediately parked his car and ran over to help her.
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#51 Today, I Helped This Lady With Her Luggage Up The Subway Stairs And Was Rewarded With Two Bananas, One For Each Set Of Stairs
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#52 Husband Celebrates 67th Anniversary Outside Wife’s Nursing Home
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#53 On My Flight Today We Hit Some Really Bad Turbulence Over The Atlantic. Pilot Comes On & Says, "Flight Attendants Please Take Your Jump Seats"
As the turbulence picks up, in the seat in front of me, a gentleman reaches his hand across the aisle so the woman he was flying with could hold on.
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#54 Just Landed NYC. People Across Aisle Didn't Know Each Other. She Was Flying For First Time And Was Terrified. He Talked Her Through It And Held Her Hand. Just People Being People
#55 This Would Be A Man That Loves Going To Work And Does Not Dread It The Night Before
Upon entering the Magic Kingdom, one of the security guards said to the girl "Excuse me, princess, can I have your autograph". I could see that the book was filled with children's scribbles as the guard asked the same question of many little Princesses. The little girl could not get over the fact that the guard thought she was a real princess".
#56 My Mom Bought Individual Eyelash Extensions And The Glue For Them And Now My Dad Has Been Sitting There Gluing Each Eyelash On My Mom
And listening to her music for over an hour. If that ain’t love, then I don’t know what is.
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#57 The Fire Department Was Responding To A Medical Emergency In My Apartment Complex. After That, They Took Time To Help My Elderly Father, And I Move Our Items Into The Truck
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#58 Little Boy Couldn't See The Christmas Parade At Disney World Over The Crowd And This Kind Stranger Offered To Lift Him Up So He Could See
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#59 Friend's Sister Lost Her Car Key While Jogging, Someone Else Made Sure She Found It
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#60 After Suffering From Depression And Not Being Able To Get Out Of Bed For The Last 3 Days, My Boyfriend's Silly Determination To Get Me Out Of The House
And take me out for a nice meal made me smile!
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#61 That's So Sweet
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#62 I Took This Picture At 3 Am On The Bus. I Thought This Guy Was A Real Gentleman
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#63 Every Friday, This Man Brings His Disabled Wife To The Nail Salon. He Spends 20 Minutes Helping Her Get In And Out Of The Car And Spends At Least 2 Hours In The Salon
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#64 A Woman With Multiple Sclerosis Couldn't Make It To Her Tent At An Event. So Two Chattanooga Police Officers Helped Her Out By Carrying Her To The Place
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#65 An Elderly Woman’s Door Was Ripped Off Its Hinges In An Attempted Break In. Constable Boswell Put His Tradie Skills To Work And Repaired Her Broken Door
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#66 One Of Our Very Own Movers Becomes A Viral Sensation With His Act Of Kindness While Stuck On An Elevator. Chivalry Lives
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#67 A Police Officer Changing Someone's Tire In -20 C (-4 F). Let's Give Some Love To Our Boys In Blue
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#68 A Prime Example Of How A True Gentleman Responds To Rejection
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#69 Every Day For One Week, Lifeguards Would Meet Ms. Dottie And Her Family To Help Assist Her Down To Her Beach Chairs. At The Days End, They Escort Her Back To The Condo
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#70 My Tire Blew Up While On The Highway. This Man Pulled Over On The Side Of The Road And Spent The Next 40 Minutes Helping Me Replace My Tire
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#71 This Random Guy Towed Us For Like An Hour After Our Battery Failed In The Middle Of The Lake
He then refused any kind of payment and only requested that we would do the same thing if someone else needed our help someday.
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#72 Pizza Guy Involved In Car Crash, Police Finish Pizza Delivery
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#73 Military Gentleman Help Change A Tire For A Lady With A Small Baby
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#74 I Got Robbed At Coachella, My Phone, Credit Card, & Keys Were Taken. The Next Day I Was Left In A City Alone With No Way To Ask For Help
A hotel got me an uber & the driver ended his shift to stay with me all day. He helped me file a police report & we ended up getting margs.
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#75 That's Cute
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#76 My Boyfriend Spent 12 Hours A Day By My Side Post Hip Surgery For A Week In The Hospital. This Is What True Love Look Like
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#77 Today's My Birthday. I Went Out To A Unifair For School And Some Guy Told Me I Was Pretty And Paid For My Coffee
Then, when I was walking to the bus some guy gave me flowers. They don't know me but it made my day.
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#78 Indianapolis Officer Being A Gentleman
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#79 This Guy Hoped Out Of The Van To Help Old Woman Across The Street
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#80 Ohio Sheriff's Deputy Taking The Time To Walk With An Elderly Woman, To Help Her Get Where She Was Going
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#81 My Brother Helped Get His Girl's Cat Out Of A Tree
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#82 My 97-Year-Old Grandma Doesn't Cook Anymore, So I Make Her Sweet Treats, Jams, Tarts, And Breakfast In Bed Almost Every Day
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#83 Man Helps Elderly Lady Cross A Street In Vancouver's Lower Income East Side
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#84 My Roommate Spends Hours Sometimes Finding The Perfect Flowers To Make Bouquets For His Girlfriend. Chivalry Still Exists
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#85 And They Say Chivalry Is Dead
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#86 My Truck Wouldn’t Start, And Jumping Didn’t Help Either. This Kind Gentleman Turned Out To Be A Mechanic, And Got It Started
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#87 A Random Couple At The Store Came To My Rescue To Help Me Get Flip Flops From The Very Top
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#88 This Lady Had Climbed A Mountain At Night And Gotten Lost. My Dad And Brother Guided Her Back To The Rangers Station And Made Sure She Got Home Safely
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#89 Helping An Elderly Woman Cross The Street. This Is Such A Kind And Sweet Moment Captured
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#90 Recology Worker Helps An Elderly Woman Cross The Street With Her Groceries
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#91 Who Says Chivalry Is Dead? Dude Pulled Out An Umbrella And Made Sure His Whole Family Got Underneath It
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#92 This Employee Helping A Lady Carry Her Food To Her Car In The Rain, Then Going Back Inside Without The Umbrella
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#93 A Few Days Ago, I Tried Dutch Braiding My Own Hair And Kept Getting Frustrated Because I Couldn’t See/Reach
Last night, my boyfriend began watching videos to learn how to braid my hair.
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#94 We Couldn’t Get Our Baby To Stop Crying At The Restaurant. So The Couple Next To Us Offered To Hold Him. Our Baby Slept On This Kind Strangers Shoulder The Entire Evening
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#95 Our Donut Blew, Had A Tire In The Backseat But No Jack. This Awesome Guy Had A Jack And Was Kind Enough To Put It On
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#96 I Caught A Glimpse Of A Teenage Girl And Dad In The Car Next To Me While I Was Crying
When I came back after eating the frozen yogurt, their car was gone but this was in my door handle.
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#97 These Bros Helping Out A Woman That Almost Lost The Gift From Her Boyfriend
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#98 Fort Myers Officer Helping A Woman Secure Her Car Seat In A Cab. Solid Guy
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#99 This Beautiful Girl Was Scared During Takeoff & Asked If She Could Hold This Stranger’s Hand. Man: “Of Course! It’s Going To Be Ok”
He kept her calm & distracted by asking about her family. People are good.
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#100 Evacuation Drill In The Rain. Chivalry Is Alive And Well
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#101 After Looking For A Spot For 30 Minutes And Being Late To My Class, This Man Walking His Dog Offered His Driveway
After overhearing me asking someone if they were walking to their car. Thank you, stranger, you made my day!
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#102 Ode To Gallantry
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