For a cup of coffee
Tuesday April 28th 2009, 8:53 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

My friend Kristine, whom some of you may remember from here after this happened and whom I first met when she lived in San Jose before she moved home to Vermont, lived and wrote this in a way that makes the world a better place. Don’t miss it.

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A smile goes a long, long way

A man was sprawled across three entire seats in a theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the man, “Sorry sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.”

The man groaned but didn’t budge. The usher became impatient.

“Sir,” the usher said, “if you don’t get up from there, I’m going to have to call the manager.”

Again, the man just groaned, which infuriated the usher who turned and marched briskly back up the aisle in search of his manager. In a few moments, both the usher and the manager returned and stood over the man. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move him, but with no success. Finally, they summoned the police. The cop surveyed the situation briefly.

“All right, buddy. What’s your name?”

“Sam,” the man moaned.

“Where ya from, Sam?” the cop asked.

“The balcony.”

Comment by Don Meyer 04.28.09 @ 8:57 pm

That brought tears to my eyes. I too smile at strangers…smiles brighten many more things than just faces!

Comment by TripletMom 04.28.09 @ 9:29 pm

You are too good. Thank you. 🙂

Comment by Kristine 04.29.09 @ 3:08 am

WOW, and Thank You for the link to your friends blog.

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 04.29.09 @ 3:50 am

Gotta’ go take a little walk and wipe away the moisture at the bottom of my eyes…

Comment by Channon 04.29.09 @ 6:13 am

Absolutely touching story. I always smile at strangers and hope that it has made an impact some day, to someone. Her story tells me that it has 😉

Comment by Alicia 04.29.09 @ 7:10 am

I love “Amazing Grace”.

Comment by Gigi 04.29.09 @ 9:04 am

Good morning Alison – ’tis your local pest – could you kindly email me at above

Comment by Karen 04.29.09 @ 9:16 am

Thank you for the link, Alison. I needed a reminder that it’s time to “forgive someone who doesn’t necessarily deserve it” as Kristine writes. Now, I just have to do it.

Comment by Kathleen 04.29.09 @ 11:57 am

Oh my. Thank you.

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 04.29.09 @ 12:16 pm

When I took signing classes I learned to sign two songs – “Around and Around and Around Goes the Good Earth” and “Amazing Grace” Both speak to the soul, don’t they?

Comment by afton 04.29.09 @ 1:21 pm

Thank you for the link, it made a difference.

Comment by elysbeth 04.29.09 @ 2:44 pm

Thanks Alison, I needed that.
This morning my doc told me I had to cancel my weekend plans (Swine flu, conventions and compromised immune systems shouldn’t mix).
Her post lifted my day.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 04.29.09 @ 3:13 pm

Thank you for posting this. I really enjoyed reading something this nice.

Comment by Henya 04.29.09 @ 6:51 pm

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