“I was busy making a wreath when the door bell rang and a young lady questioned, “Do you remember me?”
Reflecting back about 15 years. “Of course I remember you. I have often thought about you and prayed that you were OK.”
“ I recall,” Norma said, “It was very cold here in New England. I was hobbling around in a boot cast when I looked out the window. I noticed a young girl walking toward my door. I went to the door and asked her if she was OK? She was out of gas. I got a gas can from the shed and took her to the gas station about ½ mile away and bought gas for her car. It was bitter cold, so I gave her a pair of gloves. She was a such beautiful young lady and spoke little English. “
When her husband, who was waiting in the car saw us visiting, he and their little girls came up the steps too, bringing a gift bag with them. He is Canadian and a hockey player. Their girls were about 7 and 9 years old. The family was on the way to the park to go walking and inline skating. He wanted to thank me too for being kind to his wife. She got her parents from the car to meet me. They too thanked me for the kindness she showed their daughter. There were hugs all around.
For years she thought about Norma. It especially triggered a memory every time she drove by the house where her car ran out of gas. She wanted to stop and see if she still lived there and thank her. Her mother urged her to do so. She explained, ”I did not speak much English at all back then. I was very shy and scared. I was born here and I am a US citizen but my family moved out of this country when I was really small. Years later, I came back and I was working at McDonald’s at that time. Our boss was two days late handing out pay checks. I needed money for gas, but was too bashful to ask for my check. We didn’t have automatic deposit then.”
Norma shared, “She gave me a box of chocolates and two beautiful hot chocolate mugs with matching spoons that I will cherish. It has been a difficult year for me, I really miss Bobby a lot, and it was all I could do to put up the Christmas Tree this year. I guess I was there for her on that cold winter day when she needed me. This year,” Norma shared tearfully, “ I needed the joy she brought to me this Christmas season.” That’s the end of my Hallmark story.
Norma and I have been friends for almost 40 years. I am glad she thought of me to share her story with. Many years the only birthday cards the boys and I received were from Norma and our insurance agent. Norma is one of those, special Friendships from the Heart, and I love her dearly.
PRAYER FOCUS: We need to always be open to God’s nudging. He knows which of our acquaintances need to hear from Him through us.
(P.S. Just do it. You don’t have to wait until your mother tells you to!)