Gift from a stranger
My local supermarket is always busy．The first parking space I found was convenient，but I’d noticed a woman in a blue car circling for a while． (25)________I was in a good mood，I let her have it．On the edge of the car park I backed into the next available spot—it was a tight fit．
Pretty soon I’d made my way through the supermarket and was back in the fresh air．Feeling good，I (26) ________(empty) my purse change into the hands of a homeless man and helped a struggling woman reverse park．
Just as I approached my car，I saw the woman I’d let have my car spot earlier．She was giving me (27) ________odd look—half puzzled，half intent(热切的)．I smiled and wished her a pleasant day．As I squeezed back into my car，I saw the same lady (28) ________ (look) in at me．“Hello,” she said，hesitantly “This (29) ________sound crazy，but I was on my way to drop some of my mother’s things off at the charity bins．You are just so much (30) ________her．You helped those people，I noticed，and you seemed so happy．” She looked at me meaningfully and passed a box in through the window．“I think she would like you to have it.” (31) ________ (shock)，I took it from her automatically．She smiled and walked away．
After a pause．I opened the box．Inside was a beautiful gold necklace with a large grey pearl．It was (32) ________（nice）gift I’d ever received，and it was from a complete stranger．The necklace was around my neck，a warm reminder of human kindness．
Bags of Love
Last year, I was assigned to work at an office near my mother’s house, so I stayed with her for a month. During that time, I helped out with the housework and contributed to the groceries.
After less than a week, I started noticing that the groceries were running out pretty quickly — we were always suddenly out of something. (25)_______(wonder) how my mum could consume them so quickly, I began observing her daily routine for two weeks. To my surprise, I found that she would pack a paper bag full of canned goods and head out every morning at about nine. Eventually, I decided to follow her and (26)_______ happened truly amazed me. She was taking the food to the refugee camp, in (27)______ she distributed it to children.
I asked around and found out that my mum was very well known in the area. The kids were very friendly with her and even looked up to her as if she were their own mother. Then it hit me —why would she not want to tell me about what she (28)_____(do)? Was she worried about how I would react or that I would stop (29)_____(buy) the groceries if I found out?
When she got home, I told her about my discovery. (30)_____ she could react, I gave her a big hug and told her she didn’t need to keep it a secret (31)______ me. She told me that some of the children lived with an older lady in a shelter while others slept on the streets. For years, my mum has been helping out by giving them whatever food she could spare. I was so impressed by (32)_____ selfless she was.