A kind re­ward for a kind act

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

A long­time and close friend died this sum­mer, so I feel it is OK to tell a story about him that he was a bit re­luc­tant to tell.

My friend and his wife were driv­ing to Cal­i­for­nia to visit their son. Some­where in the U.S. Mid­west, they stopped for night at a mo­tel.

Wait­ing in line ahead of them was a dis­traught woman. She was mov­ing to Texas for a new job. Check­ing in to the mo­tel, she re­al­ized she had left her credit card at one of her stops ear­lier that day. She did not have enough cash to pay for the night, she was tired, and very frus­trated with her­self and the stress of mov­ing.

My friend went to her side and told the mo­tel clerk to put her bill on his credit card. The woman thanked him pro­fusely and gave him her new ad­dress and cell­phone num­ber and promised once she got es­tab­lished she would pay him back.

My friend’s spouse was a bit an­noyed, say­ing it would be the last he saw of his money.

That evening my friend and his wife were hav­ing sup­per in a nearby restau­rant when a bot­tle of wine was sent to their ta­ble with a note from the waiter that their bill would be paid for. They were sur­prised and con­fused.

Then a gen­tle­man stopped by at their ta­ble and noted he was pay­ing for their meal. He’d seen my friend pay for the woman’s mo­tel bill. “One good turn de­serves another,” the man noted. “En­joy the meal.”

Sev­eral months later, my friend re­ceived a cheque in the mail from the woman who by now was es­tab­lished in her new home and job.

My friend rarely told the story as he was a bit em­bar­rassed by it all. As he noted, “I wanted to be kind to the woman in the midst of her stress and frus­tra­tion, and in­stead of los­ing any money to help her, I was also re­warded with a good meal.”

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