The stranger sighed. “Long day?” I asked, as we waited for the elevator.
She nodded. “There have been a lot of long days lately,” she said. She was wearing Army fatigues and boots. Maybe she’d been in Iraq or Afghanistan, I thought. Lots of long days there.
“I lost my mom recently, so I’m dealing with all that,” she said quietly.
I wanted to comfort her — even to hug her — but could only manage a quick “I’m sorry” before the elevator arrived and we were no longer alone.
I don’t know much about life in the military. But dealing with the loss of a parent? That’s a battle I understand.
While shopping for wedding gifts at the Bed Bath & Beyond, I was overwhelmed by all the china and glass. A young clerk came to my aid.
Very patiently, she guided me through the process and helped me compose the accompanying note in elegant lettering. She did it all with much courtesy and kindness.
When we finished, I walked up to an older man in a suit at the registry desk and expressed my appreciation for the assistance his clerk had given. On my way out, I whispered to the clerk that I had complimented her to her boss. She thanked me, then said sweetly: “Actually, I’m his boss.”
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