Elderly Man Communicated By Passing Notes To Another Customer Who Posted His Story Online

“Today I went to Lane’s Ferry Grill to eat lunch. Great staff and food. I needed a real bacon cheeseburger. The place was packed. Now the rest of the story…

As I sat alone with one seat open, an elderly gentleman caught my attention and pointed to the chair and motioned if he could sit down. I replied sure. He was filling out his order sheet, and one of the staff came to say to me that the gentleman communicated by passing notes because he couldn’t hear or speak well. They asked if he could sit there. I responded we had already worked that out.

As we sat and passed notes, we filled up both sides of his paper; I only wondered the things he had seen. Well he met JFK, in the ‘40s he went to Arizona, and it was 120 degrees. Yes, we wrote about the weather. What a great lunch!

I tell this story that may seem insignificant, only to share just how significant it was. As I sat there, I wondered if and hoped that I was making a better day for this 93-year young gentleman.

But then it hit me, and it gave cause to write my final note to him which said, “Sir, I want to thank you for sharing lunch with me. I must go now, but I want you to know that you made my day a better day. Take care of yourself.” You should have seen his eyes and smile as he read it. He embraced his heart and gave me a handshake that was real. We hugged and took and picture.

This story is not about what I did but about what we all can do. With a little time, a lot of compassion and not being about “me” and “I” so much, we could help make and be in a better place. Passing notes with this gentleman were priceless.”

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In today’s world, it’s hard to find time for a sit-down-meal with someone you love, but these two men made room for each other not only at their dinner table but in their notebook.

With all the negative stories in the media, it’s great to read a page with some happy news written on it.


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