Those of you who have been hanging out with me for awhile may remember a post I wrote about a special Christmas moment our son, Brandon, had at work a couple years ago. I can’t find the bloomin’ post right now, but here’s the gist of it. (I found it! It was right below this post! After all this time I got some of the details WRONG. Two years and an MG diagnoses has let things somewhat cloudy! A Touch of Comfort)
One week before Christmas a lady came into the store where he worked to pick up a set of linen napkins she’d ordered to match her Christmas tablecloth. She was having a big family dinner on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, whoever had ordered them had ordered the wrong ones. She was horribly, HORRIBLY upset and crying. Brandon overheard her arguing with one of the sales clerks and went to see what the problem was.
He listened to her story then had her set down in his office while he proceeded to call other stores looking for the right ones. Finally he found them and promised her they’d be in before her dinner. She had calmed down, but suddenly started crying again. Bran asked her what was wrong and she told him her son had died the day before. Bran got up and gave her a hug and just let her talk and cry.
After that day every time she’d stop into Bed Bath & Beyond she’d take a few minutes to visit with Bran if he happened to be around. She always called him her “angel” and thanked him for the kindness he’d shown her that day. And Brandon was, indeed, an angel to her that Christmas.
Fast forward two and a half years later (it will be three years this Christmas) and she came in and visited with him a couple weeks ago. It never occurred to Bran that there was anything strange about their conversation the day he met her. He didn’t think there was anything odd about her referring to him as her “angel.” But on this recent visit she explained. The one thing she had never told him was her son’s name. It was Brandon.
You just never know when a kindness you’ve “committed” will come back years later and surprise you!
That certainly holds true for the teacher in this video. Her story just might have you looking for people to be kind to… And by all means, watch out for “angels” in your OWN lives!