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Last week I wrote a piece about the importance of living a life with honor and respect, because unfortunately there are so many people who lack these traits nowadays. I must admit that while writing it, I felt some frustrations, because several people today are just rotten. For no good reason. And I don’t understand it and never will. It was scheduled to post on Friday, but Friday afternoon, something happened which made me regain hope in humanity. Ice cream.
As many of my friends and family know, my son Sebastian who is only 7 years old was diagnosed a few months ago with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA runs in my family, but never did I ever expect that my child would have it at such a young age. By early January, his knee was so bad that it was triple in size, and he could barely walk. He has been quite the little trooper and getting better, although some days are better than others, and on the hard days, it’s hard to see him in pain. A couple of weeks ago, his Rheumatologist sent us to a center for prosthetics in order to get a hard cast device made to straighten his leg because it has developed contracture due to the RA in his knee joint.
It was a rough appointment, and he was in a lot of pain. I promised him that on the way home we would stop for ice cream. I typed “ice cream shop” into Google maps, and it showed me that the closest ice cream shop was Blue Bell Creameries, so off we went! As we pulled up, Sebastian and I looked at each other completely puzzled. It seemed like a giant warehouse with dozens of Blue Bell trucks. I had promised him ice cream, and well, Google took us there, so it had to be right! We got out of my car with great curiosity and walked up to the front door.
When we opened the door, we did not see a line filled with excited children and adults waiting to get their delicious ice cream concoction. Nope. Just a lady sitting at a desk. I looked at her and giggled and said “this is not an ice cream shop, is it?”. She very kindly said “No! We’re not! I’m so sorry!,” and another man who walked out to the front said the same thing. I looked down at Sebastian…”I’m so sorry booboo. Let’s go find you some ice cream.” Just as we turned around to walk out, a man from behind another door quickly swung it open and said “Wait! Don’t go. Please, come on in!”. Sebastian was smiling ear to ear. He took him over to his very special freezer full of delicious ice creams and even told him all about the newest Blue Bell Ice cream flavor called “Ice Cream Cone”. Then he told him to go ahead and pick any pint of ice cream he wanted—“Actually, go ahead and pick 2! One for now and one to take home!” Sebi was bursting at the seams. We thanked him profusely and got back on the road.
Our entire drive home, while Sebastian shoveled down his Blue Bell Mint Chocolate Chip, he kept talking about what had just happened and how he couldn’t wait to tell everybody. This man had no idea who we were. He had no idea that Sebastian had just endured a lot of pain as the prosthetist had pushed and pulled on his leg while the hard cast was setting in order to straighten out his bent knee. He had no idea that he had been poked and prodded too many times in the past 2 months for any 7 year old to have to bear. He just wanted to do a good deed, without having to be asked and without any personal agenda. THAT is what this world needs more of. Shouldn’t we all be a little kinder? A little more generous? A little more giving of ourselves? As Maya Angelou once said, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” So true. Something so incredibly simple like being given ice cream just when he thought he had to get back in the car and keep searching, completely changed Sebastian’s day.
This morning I found out that the man who did this good deed for Sebastian is Blue Bell’s Delray Beach branch manager, Jim Weiderholt. So Mr. Weiderholt, if you are reading this, thank you! And thanks also to Becky, his secretary, for being so kind. We are so incredibly grateful and are now Blue Bell customers for life.
The quote I am attaching to this post is one of my favorites–I actually have it on a wooden plaque in my home: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
For my readers: Go out today and do a good deed. You will be so happy you did.
Love, Peace Health and Happiness,