Kindness from Strangers

RAVE to the holiday party invitations beginning to flow as we exit the pandemic. It will be great to celebrate with friends and family once again. Please RSVP in a timely manner. Your host needs an accurate head count to order a turkey, haul chairs up from the basement, polish the silver, rinse the wineglasses and buy the groceries. Brush up your manners and reply within a few days, and be sure to thank your host, either way.

RAVE to the good Samaritan who notified me of the house fire at the back of my home adjacent to Volunteer Park. She had already called 911 before I even knew there was a fire. I cannot thank her enough! Rave to my neighbors for rescuing my panicked dog. Rave to the prompt response of the Seattle Fire Department who extinguished the fire while limiting the damage as much as possible. We are a community and I am so grateful that we all look out for each other!

RAVE to the anonymous couple (total strangers) and our heartfelt thanks for “paying forward” our dinner bill — a total surprise when we requested our check at The Melrose Grill in Renton where we were dining for our 61st wedding anniversary. We will never forget your kindness! God bless!

RAVE to the city’s recycling, yard waste and garbage truck drivers. They weekly honk their horns and wave in response to my two young daughters’ “honk please” hand signal. You truly make their day. Thank you.

RAVE to the lovely Victoria, whom I met at the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Museum of History & Industry. I complimented her on her tiara and she says wearing a different tiara every day brightens her spirits and helps people see her as a person, not as invisible due to her disability. She brightened my day and also gave me a tip on where to get my own tiara. Ordering now.

RAVE to campers who cancel their Washington State Parks campground reservations when their plans change. I was able to grab a Deception Pass campsite reservation at the very, very last minute because someone was kind enough to cancel theirs. I had a great time crossing off this bucket-list camping trip. Camper, thank you so much for thinking of others when your plans fell through!

RAVE to a helpful driver. A few weeks ago, when my husband and I were on the way to Virginia Mason for my surgery, we heard a loud noise coming from the car. As we exited the freeway, we realized that we had a very flat tire. By the time we found a safe place to pull off the road, the tire was in shreds. As he started to get the spare and jack out of the truck, along came a wonderful man who pitched in to help us. We were soon on our way, thanks to him. We are so grateful to the stranger who helped to make a stressful situation so much easier for us. Many, many thanks.

RAVE to my 94-year-old mother who, upon learning that I’d had a rough day after my COVID-19 booster shot, called me and said, “Let me know if I can do anything for you.”

RAVE to the reference librarian at the Queen Anne branch of the Seattle Public Library. I brought my bus-obsessed toddler there to get a King County Metro citywide bus map only to discover they only have maps for individual bus lines. The quick thinking librarian went to the Metro website and used their jumbo printer to print a beautiful large color map out. This map is a prized item.

RAVE to the fish guy at Pike Place Market who helped this senior citizen catch a salmon. It was a tradition in my father’s native country of Finland, and it brought back so many good memories of “slippery fish downstream” as we used to say. You’ve made an old man happy once more. Ahoy!

RAVE to our kind, young neighbors who shared some of their Halloween candy with my son. Halloween was our family’s last day of quarantine after coming down with COVID-19, and we were sad to have to skip trick-or-treating and other festivities. Their act of thoughtfulness tells me there’s some stellar parenting happening over there. Thank you!

RAVE to free transit for students 18 years and younger! Instead of walking a mile to/from school, my middle schooler can now hop on a Metro bus. Thank you!

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2 Responses to Kindness from Strangers

  1. Wynne Leon says:

    I love all these. Perfect for Thanksgiving to start with some raves. Thank you, MSW – and Happy Thanksgiving!!

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