Monday, September 27, 2010

Dean and Loretta

"Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back”

It always amazes me when I run into "nice" people.

Actually, it's kind of sad when you think about it. Because how often do we encounter truly genuine good people in our lives? Now, I'm not talking about the cashier at the grocery store that asks you if you found everything ok, or the mom at your kid's school that told you how much she loved your necklace. No, I am talking about sincere people who brightened your day because they were truly-from-the-bottom-of-their-hearts nice.

I work in a very busy hospital when I am not playing Mrs. stay-at-home-mommy. I also work in a department where I can either see people leave with a prescription in one hand, or see people with their relative's donor paperwork in the other and hurting because they lost a member of their family that day. Each day comes with a new batch of stories of luck, miracles or tragic accidents. You never know what to expect.

My department closed at 3:30pm on Saturday. The doors were locked, most of the lights were out, and the only people there were myself and another co-worker pounding diligently at our enormous stack of work to do. Someone opened the door because apparently it wasn't truly locked and the alarm never went off, and in walks a very old couple with a piece of paper in their hands and panting sort of heavily not out of sickness, but frustration. They told me they were lost. They were suppose to find the information desk and stumbled upon my area instead. I told them to have a seat and they thanked me for wanting to help them.

With sweat coming from the man's face, he told me they were from out-of-state visiting a family member here and were driving around in circles trying to find their hotel before they ran out of gas. Now they needed a gas station nearby and directions to their hotel. They had no idea how to get there, which direction they were going, or what gas station was nearby.
You could tell that the weight of the world was resting on his shoulders. They were only here for 3 days to visit a family member, so I am sure that with all the traveling, the confusion with driving and visiting a sick family member were making him eager to just settle into their hotel room once and for all.

I printed out several maps for them and devised a way for them to get their gas right away while also making the directions to their hotel as simple as possible. I also took them outside and explained all the names of the streets that surrounded us and explained the grid system. They thanked me over and over again, and I sent them on their way.

The following day, I heard someone walk inside my department again. This time the alarm went off and immediately my co-worker went to go see who was trying to come in. She told the people that we were closed, and they apologized. But then handed her a flower and said "We are sorry. This nice young lady helped us out yesterday. She was sitting over here in this office and we brought this for her." My co-worker grabbed me because she remembered seeing them the day before. The old man handed me a vase with a rose and a card. Both of them thanked me for my kindness and said that they got to the gas station and hotel so quickly yesterday and that I made everything so easy for them.

I swear I could have cried. They were so sweet! I gave them both a hug, but not without them thanking me about 10 more times. I have to be honest with you--it made my day.

Thank you Dean and Loretta for making me realize that their are so many good people out there like yourselves.


Jill said...

How very sweet. It is rare sometimes today to find this anymore. What a blessing.
Have a great week.

Virginia (Jenny) said...

What a beautiful flower! It's been hard for me to keep up because I shut off my internet for awhile. Since last May. I miss it but I was taking a break. Getting it back next week. :) Whoo hoo!

Unknown Mami said...

That's such a sweet story. Kindness begets kindness.

Thank you so much for being a supportive bloggy buddy.

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