Instead of letting a special moment pass by
I walked a few extra steps to thank a man who had helped me a month earlier
I've let so many such moments escape and today decided on a new path
30 days ago, I was hooking up my fridge at my new house
I realized I needed all sorts of tubes to hook up the water. A trip to the hardware store was in the need! And that's when I met Wes
Wes was older than most. Probably retired. And still loved helping people. I asked him where the fridge hoses were and expected him to point the way
15 minutes later!!!
I was checking out. Wes was amazing. He educated me
And took the time to demonstrate exactly what I would need to do
So today when I saw him at Lowes, I smiled to myself, remembered fondly how he had helped me
And then,... I turned
And walked away
My usual pattern
But then I turned back around and walked a few extra steps!
I thanked Wes for his kindness. I let him know what his kindness meant to me
Wes started to speak. Well,... he tried to speak
But he suddenly lost the ability. He just smiled,... as his eyes started to well up
Wes was so genuinely moved by the small gesture that I started to choke up myself
I should do more of this!!!
Why did I go back and thank him in the first place?
Well, I went back to thank him partly because I'm trying to practice gratitude every day
Partly because I wanted to try a new path
But mainly I went back
Because Wes deserved it