Angels Come In All Shapes And Sizes
Wednesday - September 15, 2010
I always point out to my grumpy friends who are tired of reading about all the troubles in the world that there are good things to be found in the paper, such as APPLAUSE!
I would like to thank someone who helped me a little more than a year ago.
I was crossing the street from the Macy’s parking lot to the Kailua Post Office. There was a postal van curb-side as I approached the sidewalk. Suddenly an SUV whipped around the postal van and bore down on me. I tried to jump out of the way, but didn’t make it. The SUV hit me a glancing blow and tossed me into the air. I came down on my back in the gutter, head in the street, feet up on the curb.
I was trying to get up when a man calmly bent over me, gently put his hand on my chest, looked into my eyes and said, “Don’t try to get up. Don’t try to get up. Look into my eyes, keep your eyes open, take a deep breath.” He must have seen that I was about to lose consciousness. And then the EMTs swarmed me, got me into an ambulance and we were off.
I never got to thank that man, who I now think might have been an angel just watching over me, just touching down on earth for those few minutes to help and calm me.
I’ve waited so long to try to thank him because I really didn’t know how to, and then I realized that perhaps he or some one of his friends might see APPLAUSE and know of my gratitude.
And as for the outcome, despite grave injuries and a slight disability, I have almost completely healed. And that man’s kindness has changed my life, making me more aware of opportunities to practice what his actions taught me.
I would like to send out a big mahalo to “Lovie” in Waipahu, who found my wallet after it was stolen at a downtown 7-Eleven and mailed it back to me. The thief had taken the cash, but her act of kindness gave me back my cards, license and other important items. We need more citizens like her who take the time to help others.
Just when I was struggling to secure a microwave to my bike, an angel disguised as Charlie showed up going into the Salvation Army Thrift, where I just bought the oven. She saw I really needed help, her help, and though she had caregiving jobs to go to, she decided she’d give me a helping hand. She talked me into letting her help me and volunteered to deliver the heavy machine to my doorstep out of her way, in her loaded-up car, for which I am so grateful.
Hey, thank you, Charlie! Thanks also to MidWeek for this place where we can say thank you to helpful people.
Dear Frank, Bryan and Alice,
A standing ovation is due your anonymous angels for extending helping hands to strangers and reminding us we are all neighbors looking out for each other.
(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail email@example.com. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)
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