Sometimes just getting an email or a telephone message from someone I haven’t heard from in a while can make my day.
I kept that in mind today as I called someone that I haven’t spoken with in ages. We’re not close friends but he’s someone I’d hate to lose touch with and I always get a boost from talking to him.
I ended up just getting his answering machine, so I left a message letting him know I was thinking about him. After I read the following story (on one of my favourite sites, helpothers.org), I vowed to call more often.
Hope you enjoy it too!
90th Birthday Wishes
“Last year, around Labor Day, I read a ‘Happy Ad’ in our local newspaper. There was a lady in a local nursing home, who was celebrating her 90th birthday and her family wanted everyone to know about it. It said that if you wanted to drop her a line, here was her address. So I did. I found a birthday card and dropped her a short note, wishing her a happy birthday.
“A week or so later, someone knocked at my front door. I opened the door and found a middle-aged man standing on my doorstep. He introduced himself as the son of this woman to whom I had sent the card. He explained that he just wanted to drop by in person and thank me for sending such a nice card to his mom. Apparently, like many older folks, she did not receive much mail and was quite excited to receive mine. I just didn’t know what to say. I told him it was my pleasure and that I hoped his mom had enjoyed her birthday.
“That year, I did not send out any Christmas cards, except to this lovely old lady in the nursing home. I just told her that I was thinking about her and hoped that she had a nice holiday. I sent her a Valentine and also a couple of notes in between. I just thought she might like to have someone write to her, to get some mail.
“She passed away a couple of months ago. I never met this lady, but I did keep her and her family in my thoughts. I dropped them a line of sympathy. I hope that my few little notes were enough to brighten a couple of her days here on earth.”