He left his normal early time in the morning. Thirteen hours later, we reflected on his workday/birthday over dinner. Bosses, demands, schedules, orders. A little delivery to a local food-bank. That was his birthday gift to himself. Several families would have a delicious Christmas meal. His thoughts? Even in all the chaos, bad economy and uncertainty, we are truly blessed. Why not share the blessing?
He comes back from lunch to a disturbing office decor. All in good fun for his birthday. He smirks, smiles and rolls with it. A customer asks him for assistance. He helps her, and then notices her a few moments later in a different area of his store. She is sobbing. He is hesitant with his reaction, but approaches and asks what he can do to help her. “I shouldn’t be here.” She tells him. “We should be Christmas shopping together. I should not be buying a wreath to place on his grave.” She is broken by the recent loss of her husband. She is angry. “The doctor told him years ago he had to quit smoking, but he never did.” She is alone. He attempts to comfort her. He shares his own story of loss. She asks, “Does it ever get any easier?” He hesitates again, then he lies. He tells her it does. He just wants to help her get through a moment at a time. She thanks him. “Go home and hug your wife”, she says to him. And he did.
Be kind to others today….you really never know what they are dealing with. ♥
p.s. HaPPy Birthday to my Angie, today! How blessed we are that you married our son. Much love! (and remember….it’s a no return policy!)