That won’t make headlines

No news outlet will air coverage of the woman who baked a complicated lemon blueberry cake for friends yesterday.

Not one major media source will publish a story on the gathering of warm, thoughtful people who celebrated my soon-arriving baby with generous gifts.

No front page will feature the patient, forgiving smile on my husband’s face when I apologized for huffing and grumping about being late to an event.

Small moments like these don’t (and shouldn’t really) make headlines, for plenty of good reasons. One possible reason: People reaching out to be helpful and human is not an anomaly to report. (Though you might think so if your own source was the news.) Day to day, or even in the midst of newsworthy catastrophes, humans extend hands of remarkable compassion to other humans.

Overall, people are astonishingly, persistently good. Let’s trust that.