Not only is Kristian incredibly kind and giving to those he loves but also to strangers and neighbors. He's the type that will talk to anyone and make friends wherever he goes. Much unlike his wife who still screams "stranger danger" in my head when I'm around people I don't know. Don't get me wrong I'm not rude to strangers I just don't go out of my way to talk to them.
If it weren't for Kristian our neighbors would probably hate us. I've never been the type to make friends with my neighbors (except for my college neighbor who I liked to make out with late at night, but you know that's college). Kristian however always says hello, makes conversation and will offer to help them whenever needed.
-Last winter during SNOWmageddon he helped to shovel out numerous neighbors cars.
-Also, during the snow he was outside and one of our neighbors couldn't get his little car up the street in the snow. Kristian talked to him and found out he was trying to get to the store to buy his kid more diapers so Kristian drove him there in his truck. Now they are great friends.
-When one of our neighbors was locked out he climbed up onto her balcony, went in through her screen door and let her inside (all with her permission of course)
-If he sees someone carrying something heavy he always offers to help them
-And then last night when our next door neighbors got locked out he let them hang out in our condo for 30 minutes while they waited for their roommate to come home so they wouldn't have to stay outside in the cold.
I hate to admit it but I don't know if I would have always offered to help in some of these cases. Though I think more of that has to do with safety issues rather than just not being nice. After all it's much different for him to offer to drive a guy he doesn't know somewhere than for me to do it. Or to let virtual strangers hang out in our house than for me to.
But I will say that being with him has helped me to be more open and friendly with people I don't know. Instead of avoiding eye contact I will now smile and say hello to my neighbors and others around me.
Are you friendly with strangers?