Anonymous Angels Come To The Rescue
Wednesday - January 27, 2010
When I went to pay for my purchases at Iwilei Home Depot, I found my wallet was missing. Thinking it had fallen out of my purse in my vehicle, I looked under the car and in the back-seat area to no avail. My head was spinning because it held all of my major credit cards, cash and driver’s license.
As I rushed back to tell my husband the bad news, there was a lady walking out of the store calling out my name. She said “Wanda?” She had found my wallet in the parking lot near the cart returns. She had been trying to page me in the store for the last 15 minutes.
She was my special “Angel” that day. I hugged and thanked her, but forgot to offer a monetary award for finding my wallet. Please convey my undying gratitude and sincere thanks.
I have enjoyed a number of days quietly fly fishing on the reefs of Kahala and Aina Haina. The sun, surf and reef colors are always a spiritual experience. This pleasure was interrupted one day when I recognized that the zipper on my bathing suit pocket was open. The worst had happened: Not only had I lost my driver’s license, but my bank card, too. A search of the surf and across the reef revealed no relief. I walked all of the shoreline with the same result.
The bank canceled the card and sent another that week. I replaced the license, but still had that nagging feeling: Where were my cards? A fine local gent had stepped up to task. He had found the two items and turned them over to the Kailua branch of my bank. All I know is that his name was Mr. Ramsey. With a huge thank you and a sigh of relief, the cards were destroyed. Mahalo to this anonymous angel!
It was very refreshing to come across two young local fellows probably in their late teens or early 20s. I had four new tires installed a couple of months ago. Since then, the two front tires kept getting flat. Not knowing how to inflate tires, I went to every gas station in Kapolei and found no one who would help me. At my last stop, the best the clerk did was direct me to the huge air pump machine near the car wash area. I saw two young fellows who were filling their gas tanks. I asked if they could help me fill my flattened tires with air or teach me how to do it. They were very friendly and willing to help. Sure enough, they got my tires filled with air and gave me my first lesson in filling tires. I was so grateful and offered them a tip or a cold drink, but they refused. One said, “Aunty, we wanted to do this for you.” I wanted to cry but gave him a hug. I hope they read this letter and pat themselves on the back for showing true aloha spirit.
With your help I’m trying to thank the very nice lady who comforted me after I was hit by a bike while trying to pick up a bunch of keys on the Kona Street crosswalk. My husband and I forgot to ask her name. We are extremely grateful to her. She was really a great help in her warm, comforting way. We also want to thank the friendly staff at Queen’s hospital. And thank you, Pamela and MidWeek,for having this column.
Ursula and Lorenz Magaard
Dear Magaards, Ms. Ota, Wayne and Wanda,
Mahalo to all of you for sharing your stories of everyday angels who have no problem anonymously assisting strangers. Anyone who has ever extended a helping hand can tell you no monetary token can equal the reward of serving others.”
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