Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

In honor of mother's day, I'd like to tell you the story of a great dad I met yesterday at work.
Yesterday I answered the phone, as per usual, "thank you for calling the firehouse car wash and detail, home of the four alarm, this is Hannah, how can I help you?"
The man on the other end said, "Wow, that's a mouthful."
"Yeah, but at least you know you called the right place"
"True, true. Hey so, this is going to sound really weird, but my four year old son left his stick there. It's about a foot long with tape around it. Will you go check and see if it's there?"
"A stick? With tape around it?"
"Yes, in the children's area"
"Okay sir, hold on one moment while I look"
I put him on hold and went to look for a stick of all things. It wasn't in the children's area, but I didn't want to have to tell this dad that his son's stick was gone forever, so I scoured the entire lobby. I finally found it  in a corner.
"Sir, I have the stick."
"Oh okay great. He's gonna be so happy. (Aside) Hey buddy, they found the stick! (Back to me) we'll be in within the hour to come pick it up. Thank you so much. He was so upset about this, tears and everything."
"Glad to do it sir, see you in a little bit."

I worked and stuff and a little later this family of 3 came in. I handed over the stick, and the adorable 4-year old got the biggest smile on his face. Then I noticed the white gauze on the mother's chest. The mom asked another customer there about her race for the cure shirt and the woman said, "you know, it's such a terrible disease that affects so many families and woman. It's so neat to be a part of that". I don't know what all was said during the rest of the conversation, but at one point I heard the other woman say, "you're such an inspiration, can I hug you?" They gave each other a big hug and I heard the husband say, "she is awesome, isn't she?"

I don't really know anything about these people, but they left a pretty big impact on me. They seemed to exude strength and love in a way few people do during 10-minute encounters. I hope things work out for them.

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