Colin and Sheilagh: the faces of em­pa­thy

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

A FEW years ago my wife died sud­denly.

On the Tues­day, we were en­joy­ing Waikiki Beach. The fol­low­ing Mon­day, she was gone.

I was in com­plete shock, liv­ing in a daze.

One of my neigh­bours no­ticed that I was very trou­bled and go­ing down­hill very rapidly. Colin was a soc­cer coach, so he and his wife Sheilagh, know­ing I was a soc­cer fan, in­vited me to their games. They in­cluded me in all of the team’s ac­tiv­i­ties, prac­tices and even par­ties.

With­out even know­ing it, I started tak­ing in­ter­est in life again. I love pho­tog­ra­phy and I be­came un­of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher for the team.

At the year-end party, I was pre­sented with a tro­phy nam­ing me the No. 1 fan.

They had made a lost and lonely old man feel im­por­tant and wanted. They pulled me out of my funk and set my feet on solid ground again. There was no rea­son for it ex­cept that they saw a need and stepped for­ward to fill it.

For that, they have my undy­ing grat­i­tude.

If you look up em­pa­thy in the dic­tionary, you will see Colin and Sheilagh.

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