I am always brought to the brink of tears whenever I hear, read, or see, any stories about ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’. And that’s not just because I am overly sensitive to things like that. Of course other people may not have quite the same reaction as I do. And by other people, I really mean my father.
Case. In. Point.
My Grandfather, Poppa Sye, took his car to be fixed at the local gas station and since he was going to have to wait a while for the repairs to be made, he decided to walk across the highway in order to get to the local restaurant he often frequents.
Sadly, while attempting to ‘Frogger’ his way around the traffic my grandfather fell.
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY.
And he hurt himself.
WHEN HE LANDED ON HIS FACE.
Fortunately, he was not injured too badly.
But, an ambulance arrived on the scene and bandaged up his wounds.
When my Grandfather finally made it home safely, this is what he looked like:
You have no idea how upset my mother and I were.
In an effort to calm us down, my father made a joke about my grandfather, by sending out the following email to all of our family members. And the two of them staged the picture to accompany the message
“Just to let you know that I lost my temper with Sye and we had a scuffle. He called me names and pissed me off saying that his food was cold and that I gave him the wrong size fork. Then he complained that his napkin was not folded the correct way. F -him! I had enough with this old guy. He had it coming! ”
* Clearly, I get my wonderful sense of humor from having such a fun family.
Now, here comes the real story….
Oh, and please keep in mind that Poppa Sye was still walking around IN PUBLIC all bandaged up.
Almost every morning my Grandfather goes to ‘The Same Bagel Shop’. It’s conveniently located right down the street from our house and he likes to get his breakfast there. However one rainy day, the store was really crowded. So, rather than wait in a long line, Poppa Sye grabbed a cup of Hot Chocolate and sat down at a table.
After the Morning Rush slowed down, the woman working the cash register came out from behind the counter to speak with Poppa Sye. The cashier informed Poppa Sye that another Gentleman, who happened to be a ‘Perfect Stranger’ had given her the sum of $40.00 – specifically – to buy my Grandfather whatever he wanted for breakfast. And… And also, to keep the rest of the money as a ‘Running Tab’ to pay for my Grandfather’s meals until the balance was gone.
Well, here’s how the people who live in my household reacted to hearing that news.
When my SON heard that story?
He responded by saying, “That’s Cool. Can I go back to my room now?”
When I heard that story?
I was speechless. And I immediately became teary-eyed and felt a renewed sense of faith in all of humanity.
When my MOTHER heard that story?
She thought it was terrific and wonderful. However, she was convinced ‘The Nice Man’ probably only gave the $40.00 because she thinks her father looks like a ‘Homeless Person’. Especially with all if his ‘Band-Aids’ and such.
But, when my FATHER heard that story?
He asked Poppa Sye if he could borrow his red hat, walking cane, and some ‘Band-Aids’ – because he was going to the Bagel Shop to try and score a Free Meal.
That’s My Daddy.
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