A Flashlight From An Old Man
--by gcampanella, posted Jun 26, 2007
I recently went to a restaurant to buy a pie for a party. As I walked up the steps and opened the door, I saw a hunched-over old man with a cane walking toward me carrying a handled bag full of things he had just purchased there.
I stepped back and opened the door widely so that he could pass through easily.
As he did so, he stopped and said to me, "Wait!" He set down the bag, reached into one of his pants pockets, and retrieved a tiny plastic keychain flashlight still in its original plastic wrapping. He handed it to me and said, "Take this. I like to give things to people who have done something for me."
I thanked him and told him he was very welcome. I was almost speechless as I watched this old man walk off to his car. I added his token to my keychain and now carry it with me through my days.
Who was the giver? Who was the receiver? What can one say about a person who eagerly gives something to others not from his physical ability but from his realization and acceptance of infirmity?
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