Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Good will to all Men


We had it during the war. It thrived during my time training as a nurse and it is still abroad today. I have just been listening to a radio programme and hearing of kindnesses to neighbours, the elderly and complete strangers. In one of the suburbs people were stranded in a John Lewis car park – the staff came out to try to dig them out from the snow and when that failed took them back in the store – gave them hot drinks , toys for the children and let them sleep overnight in the beds. One very pregnant lady was taken to a hotel to have a comfortable night’s sleep.
An 80 year old in Wales cancelled her hair appointment and the hairdressing staff collected her – did her hair and took her home. Yet another woman took complete strangers - whose car was stranded – into her home to sleep on her sofa.

15 comments:

kenju said...

Brings back your faith in human kindness, doesn't it. I have a similar story on the blog today; not quite as charitable as yours, but it made us feel good nonetheless.

Merry Christmas, Pat!

Z said...

Thank you so much for that, Pat - so many people, bloggers included, focus on the bad news, but there is a lot of kindness and friendship about.

Thanks for keeping us posted about Eryl.

Love to you and yours, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Four Dinners said...

Good will to all men?

Except Osama Bin Laden, Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson...oh...sorry...you said 'men'...scratch Mandelson....;-)

Have a great Crimbo babe

love n hugs

4D xx

Z said...

YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN (still love you, 4D, and you're certainly one of the good 'uns)

Four Dinners said...

I'm a lot of things but a good'n?...oh dear...we're screwed...;-)

After 3....

1,2,3...So here it iiiiis Merry Christmas everybodys having fun.....

oh I'm so so fed up of that bloody song...;-)

I've band it from The Drunk Punk Show...

oh...soz Pat...I'm chatting to Z on your blog. I'm confused...no change there then...hic...;-)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Indeed, Indeed. It's good to know there are wonderful people with very big Hearts that are still out there doing such beautiful deeds of kindness!

Pat said...

Thank you all for your good wishes. Just noticed some fresh presents under the tree and I'm getting excited.

Queenie said...

I heard that programme too, and was glad of a tiny bit of balance-redressing from all the doom and gloom they usually purvey. Hope you have a great Christmas, Pat x

Pat said...

Queenie: thanks and the same to you.

Kath said...

That is really cool, really nice post. We spoke to my British Dad on Christmas and he said he had stopped to help several people get back on the road (he has a Toyota SUV thing - can't remember!). I thought that was really sweet and hoped other people had done the same around the South.

Pat said...

Thanks Kath: another good story to add to my collection:)

miss diarist said...

These sorts of stories warm the cockles of my heart. A Merry (belated) Christmas!

Pat said...

Miss D: thank you and the same to you;)

Nea said...

Next time I'm in England and it snows, I'll head straight for a John Lewis department store.

Apparently they even had the beds made up with sheets etc from the bedding department.

Merry Christmas!

Pat said...

Nea: I may join you. I have only just found this comment. Maybe you just did it.