I hope this post doesn’t seem too inappropriate, given my previous post saying goodbye to my aunt. But, it just felt right to share this story now.
See, my friend Sarah works at this place. To protect her privacy, and the privacy of the people who use her services – let’s just say this place helps people. Lots of people around Denver. Many of whom really need the help, appreciate the help and have bonded with Sarah and her coworkers over time.
Given the level of help these people need, many of them can’t drive and ride the bus. One day, a “regular” was late, and many were worried. Finally a call came in, with just vague facts: this person had been hit by the bus, it had literally rolled over her, and she was at the hospital.
Sarah’s workday was over. She was now managing this new situation, and all the people concerned over it. What could they do? How could they help? Sarah was worried herself, and worried for the other people doing a major amount of worrying.
Towards the end of the day, another call came. The regular was fine. A bus had clipped her as she crossed the street and she was caught underneath, but the tires had not actually touched her. She was FINE. The relief was palatable.
NOW what could they do? Money is short among this group, among so many other things, so they asked Sarah if they could reuse a card someone had in their purse.
“Of course! She will appreciate the thought no matter what!”
This was Sarah’s very rushed response as she tried to accomplish everything that had not been accomplished in the middle of the brouhaha.
The card finally came round for her to sign, and Sarah knew, she KNEW, that she loved where she works more than any place in the whole world.
And she also could not stop laughing for a full 15 minutes.