Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The kindness of strangers.
Today has been quite the day already. Dan left for work this morning (if you can call it morning) to head for Hartford where he is doing a three-month rotation. It is about a 45 minute drive. I got a call from him at about 4:45 telling me he had forgotten his ID badge which allows him to do everything and get in everywhere in the hospital. Basically he could do no work without it. He was already in Hartford at this time and needed to start rounding on patients and so he was in a tight spot. Being the good wife that I am (ha ha) I dragged the kids into the dark, cold, car and headed north. Grace at one point on our journey asked me in confusion "Mom, WHAT are we doing?" When we got to Hartford Dan was still rounding, so we arranged to meet at the Dunkin Donuts across from the hospital. So the kids and I, all in pajamas and each dragging a blanket, stumbled into the donut shop. I am sure we were quite the site. I got a lot of compassionate looks and I am pretty sure several people thought we had slept in the car last night. A few people offered to buy me coffee, and the manager gave the kids free donuts. Many people admired the kids and offered kind words and several "God bless you honey's" One sweet lady gave me a dollar for each child and told me to "hang in there because I was doing the lord's work." She also admonished me to read my bible and that would help me. I appreciated the good wishes, but felt so bad taking her money. I am so glad it wasn't more than that. While we weren't quite as needy as we may have appeared, I was impressed and touched by the kindness of strangers so early on a cold morning in Hartford. Thank you for lifting a tired mom's spirits.