It is amazing sometimes how a simple trip to a grocery story can present you with some of the most interesting situations that…well just strengthen your faith in humanity. Such is what happened to me on one of my visits to Publix last week.
As I was getting out of my car I noticed a very elderly gentlemen trying to get into the passenger side of his car. He was obviously very distraught and disoriented and not really sure what to do. As I stood in the distance watching, I noticed a young African American man walking over to him asking what was wrong. He was patting the man on the back and you could tell he was doing what he could to calm the man down. He was reassuring him that everything was going to be OK and asked him his name and his wife’s name. The man thought for a moment as if he were searching and then finally gave their names. The young man assured him that everything was going to be alright and asked the man to stay right there and he would go and find his wife. He asked him to please not leave the car. He did not realize that I was watching the gentlemen at the same time.
Once I knew that the man had settled himself and was not wandering off, I followed the young man into the store and saw that he was having the wife paged. I could see the gentlemen at the car through the front window. Finally, the wife came with her cart of groceries and the lady at the counter told her what was happening. Was the young man waiting there for the wife? No, he had gone back outside to stay with the man until his wife arrived to take care of him. Once the man was back safe with her he departed.
We live in Florida where it is not uncommon to see silver alerts all the time. If you are not familiar with them, they are like Amber alerts, where a senior that may be suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia has gone missing in their vehicle. Who knows if this man had keys to this car or even drove anymore? But it did not matter as this young man was there to ensure that nothing unfortunate happened. He was on a routine visit to a grocery store and saw a situation that needed addressing that he simply addressed.
Often we encounter situations where we simply don’t see them as our problem and just walk by and ignore what is happening. We leave them for someone else to take care of. This young man chose not to do that. He did what his heart was telling him to do and exemplified the very best of humanity.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.
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