Sombre day’s air filled with love
A wonderful man lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday last week.
I met him when my friend and I were on the Country Music Cruise in 2011 and he played with a brilliant band from Adelaide called The Rustlers.
From that meeting we became friends and, while seeing the band only once after the cruise, we all kept in touch. The day after his death, I was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, which isn’t always a lot of fun, especially if you are still searching for ideas. However, this day felt different. I don’t know if it was because I was totally on my own with no time constraints, the beautiful day, or the realisation some people would never get to enjoy Christmas, shopping, sunny days, soft breezes and the smiles of strangers again. I was so much more aware of the people around me. The grandma I shared a smile with as she replaced the clip in her granddaughter’s hair, the little girl jumping for joy when she found she was able to have an iced bun all to herself rather than share, and the proud parents handing their precious bundle to Santa Claus for their first Christmas photo.
The staff serving in stores, all seeming to go out of their way to help people find what they wanted, their patience while customers made choices, and the lovely camaraderie with their fellow staff.
Watching a new staff member learning the ropes while her customers waited patiently and the experienced staff member juggling helping the newbie and serving her own customers.
The elderly man patiently waiting as his wife, with mobility issues, browsed the aisles.
A young boy asking his dad: “why don’t you just get that one thing?”, and the reply: “I want to get your mum another surprise”.
Even the drivers seemed to be in a calmer frame of mind.
People waved me into lanes, waited patiently while I reversed out of carparks and I didn’t see any road rage (not that I ever have, mind you).
Perhaps it was the Christmas spirit, or maybe it had something to do with the incredible day in Australia’s Federal Parliament.
With the passing of the same-sex marriage Bill, maybe there was just lots of love in the air?