Living on the 4th Floor
--by paartee, posted Mar 3, 2008
My Dad's company provided rental accommodations for its employees, usually in multi-level buildings. We were on level 4.
For two years, my Dad had been pursuing his application for a ground level house to make the climb easier for my mom who had suffered complications after her second delivery. She was advised bed rest and climbing the stairs everyday was difficult for her. As luck had it, just at that time, my Dad's ground level application was granted and Mum and Dad were thrilled to move in to the ground level accommodation in a separate building that was closer to my Dad's office.
Without wasting time, they did the big move the following Saturday and mum was very relieved & excited. The following Monday, when my Dad returned from work and was about to enter the house, he saw an old lady and her old husband struggling to bring a wheelchair down the stairs. He was shocked and moved. When he ran to help them, the old lady said. "Don't worry, son, we are used to it now. We have been doing it for last 15 years for our disabled daughter. God bless you for your help though." Her sad yet kind words stung my dad's heart like a thousand needles.
The following Saturday, my Mum and Dad swapped the apartment with the old couple and they were back to level 4 in the building.
I still have it in my memory even now that every time the old couple met my dad anywhere, they would just look at him with blessings in their tearful eyes and whisper "Angel!" and would say to me, "You have an angel for a father!" It brought tears of pride to my eyes everytime ... even now when I am writing it.
he too, brought the elderly people inhis path- to show that whne we think outlifes our tough - someone out htere needs a hand ( heart) . God is Good and he fills our lifes iwth these wonderous events so we can learn to be kind and loving always.
The step taken by your father has been what I would say, boldly unselfish ! I salute him for the move, and I'm sure, all that love n blessings will come back to his life a thousand folds!