Lit­tle ges­tures mean a lot

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

PARKIN­SONS is a highly vis­i­ble dis­ease and there is no clever way to be dis­creet when an at­tack oc­curs.

A restau­rant I fre­quent has be­come a place of refuge for me when such at­tacks oc­cur. The young lady who works there does not cause a scene or send any un­wanted at­ten­tion my way. I deeply ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that she re­spects my very per­sonal way.

One day, an at­tack oc­curred that caused me to lose my strength and fin­ger dex­ter­ity, so much so that I could not even open a twist-off pop bot­tle. Noth­ing was said, and I thought no­body no­ticed.

It’s best to main­tain a short-term mem­ory of such events or the stress will soon break you.

So imag­ine my sur­prise a cou­ple of months later when Tekla brought me a twist-off pop with the top twisted loose but not com­pletely off.

The fact that Tekla took the time to try make my day a lit­tle eas­ier will not be for­got­ten.

I never had a chance to thank you, Tekla. I hope this writ­ten ac­count of your act of kind­ness and com­pas­sion shows you how deeply I ap­pre­ci­ate your help.

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