Act of kindness

To the publishers and readers of the Advocate, may I share with you an act of kindness which was demonstrated by a gentleman at the East Hill Tim Hortons on June 16 between 10 and 11 a.m.

To the publishers and readers of the Advocate, may I share with you an act of kindness which was demonstrated by a gentleman at the East Hill Tim Hortons on June 16 between 10 and 11 a.m.

I had travelled from the country to visit my older brother, who presently resides in a care facility as the result of failing health and an unfortunate fall. We had walked from the centre to a nearby Tim Hortons in order to encourage more walking on his part.

He was determined to pay for our coffees. Having worked incredibly hard and given all his life, he still wants to pay his own way, even if it is simply for morning coffee.

As we entered the shop, he was still insisting he would buy but I finally persuaded him to find us a table and we would settle later.

A rather handsome gentleman standing in the lineup did not miss the byplay and obviously observed Ken’s fragility. After joining the line of customers, the man ahead of me remarked on how challenging it is to grow old and we fell into a conversation.

We reached the counter and the gentleman ahead of me asked me what I wanted. Misunderstanding his intentions, I insisted he had been in front of me in the line and stated so. Such was not the case; he was buying coffee and doughnuts for both of us.

Prevailing on him to let my brother thank him, he walked to the table with me and I shared what had transpired. Ken was overwhelmed with the act of kindness from a stranger.

All I know is the thoughtful individual is employed by BJ Services, has teenagers and looks as if he could look after himself should there be a physical confrontation.

To BJ Services, I believe you are fortunate to have an employee with a sensitivity and perception such he demonstrated that day.

Thank you, handsome stranger. You made a difference with your kindness.

Irene Christensen

Red Deer