An Incredible Kindness in Ok,Boomer

  • Nov. 24, 2021, 7:22 p.m.
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This morning I got what sounded like an urgent call from my dentist. MY DENTIST CALLED ME HERSELF! Usually, they have an assistant do such things. She said she only had 2 minutes. She told me she was having something delivered to my house. She said the person was lost and asked my house number. She gave me a phone number. I called the delivery driver and got her to my house. She had 2 kids with her. 1 of them carried a very large box to me. I thanked the child. Bowed to the woman and blew her a kiss, waved, and smiled. I think finding my house had been traumatic for her. The box was a complete Thanksgiving dinner. I was in SHOCK! Turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. There was an inventory list. Enough for 4 people. I was shaking and felt like crying at the kindness of that person. It has been an emotional HIT on me all day. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the 2 saddest days for me because of the whole thing where people are supposed to gather and be happy. I prefer to be alone due to not having any conversation worth giving with anyone. Living alone makes conversation awkward and I am not close to anyone. I have memories of family long ago. My marriage was shit but I had some happy holidays that I would cook for the family. There were some joyful times in my past.

My dentist took over from another dentist years ago. I was one of her first patients. We had a good rapport. I told her the stories of my life and work every time I went in. I told her of my romances that would come and go. I was open about how someone had accused me of a crime and I was innocent. She believed me and trusted me. She has seen I am a good person. We have had some back and forth joking of opposites of religion. I have always been very friendly with her and her staff. Back in March after I lost my job and was trying hard to keep my shit together, I went in for a tooth extraction. I tried to talk of my job loss. To joke about it and got a bit almost tearful. The dentist’s husband was doing the extraction and gave me what I call a “guy-hug”. That kind of short over-the-shoulder hug thing guys do. It helped. He was cool. They are a great couple. Knowing I was unemployed and barely hanging on in the spring, with my last appointment she pushed me to take a right down a back hall away from the office and out the back door. Nobody noticed my not paying. I could have but it would have set me back a bit. She knew it.

There are some profoundly GOOD people in life. Whenever such kindness touches me, I swear to pay it forward. People that know me, know that in my past, I helped people. I helped unconditionally. I wanted to tell the dentist that if she or anyone else needed a kidney, give me a call but at my age, I don’t think it would last long in someone. Nice thought.

I called my brother-in-law and told he and my sister about the kindness. I have posted in a group on Facebook and hope someone has a good feeling from it. The action reminds me of how the greatest feelings come from being kind to others. Not drugs or vast sums of money. I always felt it a great compliment when people would tell me that if I ever won a lottery, I would GIVE it all away. That’s not so bad. That would make me a wealthier man with kindness to others. I try to give kindness with words and genuine care. I give kindness to my 2 birds. I do not expect them to talk or be cute. No matter what they do, I will give them kindness. I hope I can be that way with more humans. Humans can make it hard for us. That then is a noble challenge.

Without the pretension I find in so many saying this, I believe I am a very grateful person. I thank people often and that feels good because it needs to be said. Going through written gratitudes each day seems forced to me. Artificial. When I FEEL it, say it inside and to whoever is near.

Thanks for reading.

bouchie 2 days ago

What a nice surprise! Enjoy your meal!

Boomer bouchie ⋅ 2 days ago

I will, with gratitude. Not taking anything for granted. I wish you and your family good health, peace, and happiness.

colder 2 days ago

That is a beautiful surprise! Kindness is still alive in the world it seems!

Boomer colder ⋅ 2 days ago

In my view, the greatest strengths in all of us are Kindness, love, empathy, and compassion.

justBob 2 days ago

Wow that's awesome! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂

Boomer justBob ⋅ 2 days ago

Thank you sir, and you as well and all your family. :-)

patrisha 2 days ago

What a great thing to have happened!

The Dress Collector 2 days ago

I love this. Your dentists sound like such caring people. Thank you for sharing your story. More of us need to hear this and be inspired again to spread the love.

Boomer The Dress Collector ⋅ 2 days ago

People learn by example. They practice what they want to learn and be good at, I believe. Practice kindness and being good and we become that. The opposite is true also, I believe. Our choice. Thanks Collector :-)

Newzlady 2 days ago

What a great story! Thanks for sharing.

Boomer Newzlady ⋅ 2 days ago

You are welcome. I often write worrisome things but I also write about what is real and good.

Jinn 2 days ago

I love this! Happy Thanksgiving !

Boomer Jinn ⋅ 2 days ago

Thanks Jinn. Is that a lotus you are using for your avatar here? (I'm using a photo of some old street bum with a bird on his head)

Jinn Boomer ⋅ 2 days ago

A water lily :-) .

Boomer Jinn ⋅ 2 days ago

Wonderful symbol in Buddhism

Jinn Boomer ⋅ 1 day ago

Thanks! It’s one I photographed from our pond.

Purple Dawn 1 day ago

Happy Thanksgiving. What a lovely thing for your friend to do :)

Boomer Purple Dawn ⋅ 1 day ago

Thanks. I hope you and your family are all doing well.

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