During the ride home from visiting my parents who live a good distance away, my partner and I stopped at a Wal*Mart in a small town to let me stretch my legs. Going into this Wal*Mart, I knew the area and the type of people I would most likely encounter : uneducated, hateful bigots. Not trying to place judgement, it's just the way it seems to be most places around my home. Either, way the stop was intended to be just window shopping; however, it turned into more when we discovered the contraceptive isle was better stocked with variety than the one in our home a few towns over. We decided to make a purchase. When the cashier rang us up, I just knew she was going to give us a look; they always do around here. Instead she tried to make a joke about how a screaming infant was the best contraceptive. This actually led us to having a conversation about women's health. I informed her about a couple of bills in our area that were trying to passed that would infringe on our rights to quality healthcare. Another cashier standing within earshot let us know that she had not heard of these things and thought they were awful. I asked them both to do some research and write to our congressmen. They said they would and thanked me for sharing.
This kind of thing was definitely not unexpected. It reminded me that I can make a difference just by sharing knowledge and inspired me to work harder to spread information.