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The other day my family was on a crowded train. I was standing, but my wife and daughter were seated. At one station, an elderly gentleman who obviously had difficulty walking entered our car. So naturally my wife and daughter stood up quickly and said to him, “Please sit down here.”

However, he adamantly refused. “Thank you for your kind offer, but I am OK, I am OK,” he said. Soon after my wife and daughter returned to their seats, the gentleman presented to my daughter a package of cookies, saying: “Thank you for your kindness. Please accept these cookies as a token of my sincere thanks.” My daughter, of course, refused. “I cannot accept this gift,” she said. “Though I will I accept your kind-hearted sentiment.” Yet this gentleman’s determination was firm, and finally my daughter accepted the offering with a smile and with complicated emotions.

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