Heavy Rain Prompts Down­pour Of Aloha

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - AP­PLAUSE Pamela Young

Dear Pamela, My wife and I were at the Sta­dium Sack N Save when we were caught in a sud­den down­pour. We were reusing our bags, some of which were pa­per or made of some sort of cheap ma­te­rial that we got free with pur­chase from var­i­ous stores. Need­less to say, th­ese bags dis­in­te­grated in the rain, and our gro­ceries spilled all over the place. This man in a golf cart and rain suit pulled up along­side us and gave my wife an um­brella, and with­out any word just started help­ing me load our gro­ceries into our car.

As quickly as he came, he left. He even took the time to take the cart to one of the sta­tions in­stead of leav­ing it where we were. Al­though my wife thanked him, I wanted to thank him, too, but he was gone. I know there are a few guys there on golf carts that take care of the park­ing lot. But I don’t know which guy to thank. I couldn’t even de­scribe him un­der that yel­low rain suit. With hopes that he reads Mid­Week, I re­ally want to pass thanks to who­ever this per­son is. I hope he sees him­self in my let­ter, and knows I have a feather for his cap. Lance Wong Salt Lake Dear Lance, Sta­dium Mar­ket­place as­sis­tant man­ager Darin Yoshida says your AP­PLAUSE joins many other let­ters of praise for Hawai­ian Build­ing Main­te­nance, the com­pany con­tracted to pro­vide such as­sis­tance. “They go above and be­yond the call to our pa­trons,” he says. “Safety and ser­vice are the pri­or­i­ties for our cus­tomers and ten­ants.” Dear Pamela, You quoted Chi­nese philoso­pher Lao Tzu in re­sponse t o Beauty Azure Blue’s heart-rend­ing let­ter last week: “Be­ing deeply loved by some­one gives you strength, while lov­ing some­one deeply gives you courage.” I couldn’t help but weep. I, too, lost my spouse of 54 years the same day last year: All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2016. The loss would have been cat­a­strophic had I not had the God of my faith and His un­con­di­tional love to strengthen me and my love for Him to help me en­dure the loss with coura­geous im­pact to move for­ward.

Life with­out my hus­band will never be the same, but hav­ing a God to love and be­lieve helps me see the fu­ture in a bet­ter light and with­out be- ing afraid. Thank you, Beauty Azure Blue, for your let­ter. Thank you, Pamela, for Lao Tzu’s quote. Bea Miano Waipahu Dear Bea,

Ma­halo for your beau­ti­ful let­ter of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Beauty’s AP­PLAUSE. Her heart­felt let­ter (writ­ten on 33 sep­a­rate note cards) re­minds us of our vul­ner­a­bil­ity, but also of our in­nate abil­ity to over­come life’s storms with grace. Hi Pamela, On Mon­day, Nov. 6, I drove to Lo­gos Book­store to pur­chase some Christ­mas gift items. While shop­ping, I sud­denly fainted with lit­tle rec- ol­lec­tion of what hap­pened, and had knocked over some dis­plays. I only sus­tained a few bruises but was more em­bar­rassed to have caused such a ruckus at the store. The em­ploy­ees were so kind and car­ing. They called the am­bu­lance even af­ter I had sim­ply wanted my daugh­ter to come pick me up. Ap­par­ently, I had blacked very con­cerned.

I was truly blessed in many ways: for the car­ing em­ploy­ees of Lo­gos, for the staff pick­ing up and set­ting aside those items I had planned on pur­chas­ing, for their con­cern enough to call for an am­bu­lance even when I re­sisted such an idea, and for al­low­ing me to keep my car in their park­ing lot un­til re- trieved. But the great­est bless­ing was to have fainted in a safe and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment and not on the free­way driv­ing. I humbly thank you for al­low­ing me to rec­og­nize the car­ing Lo­gos staff. Joyce Tanji Dear Joyce, The staff at Lo­gos Book­store is happy to hear this might have been a de­hy­dra­tion is­sue, and not some­thing more se­ri­ous. “We were pret man­ager Carl Ashizawa. “For­tu­nately, the dis­play she fell against broke her fall and pre­vented her from hit­ting her head. Once we got her up, she blanked out again, so I think the staff re­sponded cor­rectly by call­ing for an am­bu­lance. We’re hum­bled by what she wrote, kind. Our staff would have done the same for any cus­tomer, but Joyce is a reg­u­lar, so we ap­pre­ci­ate not only pa­tron­age but her friend­ship.”


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.