Heavy Rain Prompts Downpour Of Aloha
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.”