Gift of socks, time, concern and caring
HER name is Lena. I met this young woman quite by chance. We were both looking for women’s socks in a store. Not being sure how to determine the correct size, I asked her for help. Lena gladly obliged by taking a pair and, by extending her fingers from toe to heel, showed me how and what to measure. We got talking then as we each made our selections. She comes from a large family, works with computers in a small company, likes different kinds of music and is into all kinds of active sports, including motorcycling and skateboarding. In fact, she was looking for some special socks to wear for a motorcycling event that was coming up. I told her I had not bought women’s socks before, and I was getting them for my wife, who was in hospital. That was where I would be heading to next. She was immediately concerned. Was it only socks I would be taking, she asked. How about a gift as well, say chocolates or flowers, perhaps? I explained that those were not appropriate for my wife in her present condition. I then asked her, more in jest, if she would like to come along with me to visit. To my utter amazement and without any hesitation she said yes, she would come. I explained to her that when we got to the hospital my wife would have been readied to be wheeled to another level for the evening’s entertainment, and that she was welcome to come with us. Lena had no problem with that. She followed me in her car to the hospital, and there she surprised me again. She had brought a pair of socks as her personal gift for my wife. It was such a nice gesture. Lena did not stay until the end of the performance, and I will probably never see her again. But I will certainly remember her for a very long time for her willingness to spend time with and provide companionship to complete strangers at the drop of a hat. She wished me well before she left, and I wish her the same for the rest of her life, during which I am sure many others will be touched by her compassion and caring.