‘We are better people for your friendship’
On February 17, while my daughter, Dakotah, was home from university for a few days, a water pipe froze and broke over her apartment. By the time it was discovered, the ceiling had caved in and flooded her entire room. The loss was substantial for her. With just a few weeks left before she graduates from Queen's University, she lost all of her textbooks and notes from her classes, as well as her computers, printers, and papers she had written in the last four years. She also lost many personal items and souvenirs that cannot be replaced. Her entire room was gutted.
When friends asked how they could help, I asked them to send her a card or a letter as a keepsake, so she would have a happy reminder of this time, that she would look back and remember it as a lesson in kindness, and hopefully pay that forward sometime in her life.
One day, a friend of hers who has been like a brother to her showed up with a beautiful handwritten letter. Another friend bought her a scarf with a very personal message on it. People where I work donated to help her.
And then... something amazing happened to our family. A lovely man stepped in my door and had a very long conversation with me about kindness, and extending a helping hand to someone in need. He is a wellknown, respected man in our community, but much more than that, he is a man with a deep desire to help other people.
He offered help to my daughter, not just with practical, immediate help, but also with a gift that has such meaning to her that we are really without words to ever thank him. It was an immense gift, so well thought out, and so special that we will never forget it.
In his letter to her, he said, "In this day and age, we live in an ‘every man for himself soci- ety,’ and today, I want to turn back the clock on that." He shared with us how he had help to become the successful businessman he is, and that he has been led by that help to extend that help to others as well.
By all accounts, he will be able to look back on his life and measure his success in many ways - but truly the only way that matters is what he is doing for other people.
One does not realize what really matters the most until that time in his life when he has the very least.
To the man who initiated this incredible gift, and to all of those who are helping him execute it, we are incredibly humbled, incredibly thankful, and so incredibly blessed to know you. What you have done for our little family is amazing. We are better people for your friendship, and we will share your story for the rest of our lives.
Betsy and Dakotah Lapierre, Alexandria