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Grateful for the kindness of a stranger
Today was a stressful day. I put our car in the shop this morning. I expected we'd have a telehealth appointment afterwards. The appointment was cancelled by the doctor's office, although I was not informed. The big stressor was a dental appointment for both me and DH in the next county. Neither of us had been to the dentist in over a year. The year long delay was due to our relocation and the availability of the dentist that has experience with dementia patients.
We were at the appointment a long time because we were both seen. I was eager to get home and I was exhausted. After we left the office, I couldn't get DH into the suburban I borrowed while our car is in the shop. Argh!
THEN this young woman pulls into the parking space next to us. She must have noticed the exasperation on my face. She says "can I help? I am a therapist." I swear, she might as well have been wearing a super hero cape. She quickly and with great care and kindness got DH into his seat in the car.
I am so grateful for the kindness of this young woman. And yes, I told her so.
The kindness of strangers is a special kind of wonderful that refreshes my soul. Blessings to all.
Dentist and periodontist visits for dear wife were some
of the most stressful appointments, and I dreaded them. X-rays were next to
impossible, especially the 360-degree view that never turned out right because
she wasn't able to follow instructions or hold still. We were once sent to a dental
surgeon for a complicated extraction, and it felt like leading a lamb to slaughter when
walking her into the building. She had no idea what was going to happen and
there was no way to make it register when trying to tell her. It was heartbreaking.
I, too, found that most strangers were overwhelmingly
kind and helpful when we were struggling with something in public and they understood
our situation or dilemma. There is still goodness in the world.
I believe in angels.
This young woman qualifies in my book!
My neighbours understand about my husband.
One in particular really gets it and he helped my husband prune our tree in front of our house.
He told me that he understands and if I need help just come and get him.
My brother in law whose wife had the same dementia that her brother, my husband has now. He phones me from time to time to commiserate with me. I am very grateful for the help and understanding.
best recent kindness of stranger story. Took DW to the dentist. Parking lot was very crowded since they were doing pavement construction. I had to go the long way around. A construction worker saw a delivery truck heading straight for the only handicapped parking space. He must have seen our handicap hangtag because he walked over and stood in the space and glared at the delivery driver till the driver gave up and then he smiled and waved us into the space. Sometimes angels come with bulging muscles and a steely glare