Face of love for me that day
Sir — Tommy Tiernan’s article (LIFE, Sunday Independent, October 1) reminded me of an encounter I had last week. I was buzzing around my local supermarket. The last item on my list was unsalted butter; no sign of it anywhere.
I asked a nearby staff member who found it for me.
He was all chat, which irritated me. I was flying tightly wound. Couldn’t he see I was in a hurry?
When I came to my senses, I could see he was disabled. I chatted politely then got on with my business.
When I needed assistance to carry my groceries to the car, it was he who was called to help me.
He was so attentive and patient, holding the trolley while I put my shopping in the boot, that I found myself slowing down and calming down. I spent time with him and was the better of meeting him. He was the face of love for me that day. Thank you.
As Tommy pointed out, it’s not with the winners and achievers (the nines out of 10s), that real brotherhood is found, but often with the outsiders, those who can’t keep up.
Tommy, like Jesus, is countercultural and revolutionary. “God blesses those who are poor and realise their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
Tommy, you are a zero out of 10 — beyond all! Mary Burke, Tipperary to Ruth Dudley Edwards and particularly Eoghan Harris, who regularly identify RTE’s continued inclusion of Sinn Fein in TV and radio programmes and discussions. Barry Connolly, Fermoy, Co Cork