I had a massage at my favorite massage therapist’s office. Usually I pay in cash but I was short today so I wrote her a check. Had a wonderful rub-down at “Mary’s Therapies” in Ocean Beach, and left about noon.
About 2:00pm, Mary called to tell me that she thought she had lost my check. She couldn’t find it anywhere and wanted me to know. I talked about stopping payment on it but she told me she had already endorsed it and added her account number on it so I figured that no one else could cash it. I thought I’d wait a few days and see what happens.
Two hours later there was a knock on my door. A nice young man, a student of about 23-24 was standing at the door. When I asked him how I could help him, he said,
“I think I have something of yours.”
And wouldn’t you know it – the young man – Tom – had found my check over by the pier – Mary’s is on Narragansett, and he brought it to my house. I talked to him for a few moments and had a fleeting thought that I should take his picture and write it up, but I was in the process of feeding my new dog Shadow, and he was barking, so I let it go.
Darn! I wish I just taken a moment to talk more to Tom. How many others do you know that would have done what he did? Common kindness is not dead.
I wish I had taken his picture. He is living in Ocean Beach for the summer so I hope he sees this article – or someone tells him about it – because his ethics are wonderful and should be emulated by others.
Tom – thank you. I hope you enjoy the Kiwi Jam I gave you – (maybe if he brings back the jar I can find out more about him.)
I am just so impressed with his actions I want to share it with you.