Gift of socks, time, con­cern and car­ing

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

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.

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