Wednesday - November 19, 2008
I was sitting on a bench next to a woman and her granddaughter in Kahala Mall. I had taken my wallet out of my purse and mistakenly left it on the bench.
While passing time before a prayer meeting, I decided to browse the aisles at Longs to get some exercise. Not long after, a lady named Virginia approached me and asked if I had lost my wallet. Not knowing it was left on the bench, I initially said no. But once I checked my purse and realized she was correct, I was dumb-founded.
The only way she was able to find me was through the description given by Helen, the woman sitting next to me. Together, Virginia and I went back to the spot where Helen and her granddaughter, Michelle, were still there keeping safe watch over it.
I did not get their last names or phone numbers. A prayer of thanks goes out to Virginia, Helen, Michelle and all the Good Samaritans who are left in the world.
A big mahalo goes out to the man who stopped when my tire blew out earlier this month on Cooke Street. I was taking out the car jack and spare tire when he suddenly appeared. He expertly jacked up the car, removed the blown tire and replaced it with the spare. He also offered me and my 84-year-old father a Handi Wipe to clean our hands when we were done. He said he was on his way to the bookstore and his stopping to help was not keeping him from anything pressing. I asked him his name and he gave only his first name - Russell. I just want to thank him for coming to our rescue.
My son and daughter-in-law were here from Bremerton, Wash., and we were on our way to visit my friend at Olaloa Retirement Village in Mililani. We got ourselves very lost and ended up at Patsy Mink Park. Some people in the parking lot offered instructions, which were very confusing. A couple offered to direct us there in their car. It was quite a distance. We didn’t get their names as we parted at the gate. I wanted them to know it was very much appreciated.
Dear Marian, Micheline and Mardie,
In this season of thanks, it’s easy to remember family and friends. But it is often the little gestures made by strangers that make a big difference in our lives. Your anonymous angels deserve much APPLAUSE not only for lending a hand, but for inspiring us to pass the gesture on.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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