Well, so far, 2020 has been an e-ticket ride in the worst possible way, hasn’t it, Gentle Reader?
To keep from curling up and crying for the rest of the year, I decided to take inventory of the people in my life whose goodwill is inspiring, and a good reminder that not everybody in this world has been broken by this year. The folks who never fail to share a cup of the milk of human kindness when I’m all out and need to borrow some.
Before she retired, Mizz Katz used to run the hot bar at my local Carlie C’s. She always had a minute to chat, and always answered my cooking questions.
She knew I loved her slow-cooked Italian green beans. She also knew that I usually didn’t make it in on time the days she served them. So, when she made them, she’d set aside some for me and stash them in the cooler. Those delicious beans always tasted even better because of her thoughtfulness.
The entire Matthews Family Band goes to the same doctor. At the office, they have a liaison person to facilitate communication between patient and office.
This remarkable person is Angela.
If you’ve ever been married or even spent any time around a man, you know that guys are not the best when it comes to medical matters. And when Petey forgets to let me know his medicine needs a refill, and now he’s out, I call Angela. When our doctor is out of town, and we have a question, I call Angela.
And, far from ducking my calls, or having no patience, the woman’s a ray of sunshine. She is always sweet, friendly, and actually seems happy to hear from me.
If you’re having any kind of trouble in your own life, call Angela. She’ll happily fix you right up.
Jose and Becky.
I’ve known this couple for five or six years and just adore them. They are masters of Puerto Rican cooking, and like my Italian mother, food is love. They share lessons, recipes, and food, food, food.
Also, like my parents, they are ridiculously generous. One day, I was in their kitchen and admired a funny fork/tool. About a week later they called and asked if I could come over to see Jose at work—they had bought one for me! I mentioned that we, but especially The Kid adore pernil; a slow-cooked pork butt full of garlic and citrus. So, for my child’s birthday, they made one. And made sure we got it when it was still hot from the oven.
In the before times, we would meet for smoothies and conversation. To occasionally pay, I had to physically wrestle Jose to the cashier.
This adorable couple has retired and spends time taking classes together. They’ve taken a painting class and love showing me the art they’ve come up with.
One day they showed me their latest subject—a nature scene with a bear.
I absolutely adore bears. I think they are the cutest squidgy faces ever. So what did that wonderful couple do?
They framed and gifted me with Becky’s painting.
Thinking about the nicest people I know makes me so happy.
So, two things.
I know way more than four kind folks. Every once in a while, I will tell you about a few more that are just the best. And second, I want you, Gentle Reader, to think about the people in your own world that continue to be a ray of sunshine in what has been a pretty gloomy year.
Then tell them.
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