The Kindness of Strangers – Day 16
by Jim Herbert
Thank you to a bunch of Strangers #16
There are days when I’ve had to look a little more deeply to find a moment or a person of gratitude during this adventure in writing. And then there are days like today when I find a baker’s dozen of amazing people at the same place at the same time.
It was about 1:30 pm this afternoon and a delightful couple named William and Joan were leaving after their weekly lunch visit. They stopped on the way out and said to me, “Jimmy, do you know who that big group sitting next to us was?” I thought they were asking me for information but they actually had the information. They told me that they were a group of nurses from the Jessie Brown VA hospital. Joan then said, “You know Jimmy I’m so impressed, everyone of them could be making more money in private practice, but they all choose to help out in a place where they are needed even more.
After William and Joan left I went up to the group of nurses and announced that the house was buying dessert for everyone as a thank you for what they do for others. This announcement was met with a hearty expression of joy and applause. On the way out we got a group photo of them in the maitre d’ stand which is there best photo spot in the house. It’s like a clown car of fun and silliness and love.
So thank you to this group of nurses in particular for touching my heart today. Thank you to all the nurses who give their time and love to those in need. And thank you to William and Joan for a big assist in pointing out some strangers to be grateful for today!
I wanted to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I’m hitting my stride. I’m also a budding speech writer. I’ve recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Website: http://www.emergingintojoy.com.