I am 'adjusting' this title a bit....to "A lesson I have re-learned yesterday". I know I am a rebel, Master has not completely tamed me...LOL.
I had the wonderful experience yesterday of attending a celebration for a lovely friend who turned 90! She is amazing, we met when she retired from her 'first' job, and decided she was bored and became an aide where I was teaching. She always started the day with a bright smile..that was still there at the end of the day, she made the best Italian cookie trays, and always was ready to do anything she could to make your day better. Since her 'second' retirement, she volunteers for a soup kitchen, plays bingo weekly, and is enjoying her twin great -grands who are 3 months old. She is the lady we all want to be at 90 or 80 or 70!
The party was in a party room of a restaurant, I walked in to see 10 tables, each seating 10 to 12....by lunch time there was not an empty chair. There was assigned seating, I was seated with friends and former colleagues. She only had one daughter and one grand-daughter and this was a ladies only lunch..so the place was full with friends....what an amazing tribute! After lunch her daughter spoke and said this was her thank you for us...for making her life so much brighter, so much fun.
Her daughter then started with the group at table #1 and told us why they were special to her mom. She did this for each table, telling us why her mom was grateful for having us in her life. I know at our table, the tears were flowing and I am sure we were not the only ones.
The lesson I re-learned....you never know how important you can be to a person you meet, to a casual friend, or colleague, or even a good friend or family member....and I dare say even a stranger. So be kind, smile, try to make someone else's day brighter....they might want to thank you when they celebrate their 90th birthday!