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To the editor:
On the morning of Feb. 26, my son and I were in a
place that no mother wants to be -- in the ER at ALMH. My 9-year-old
son had a serious allergic reaction, and it was a very scary
experience for the both of us. Thankfully, after almost four hours
of medical care, my son was out of danger.
While waiting for his discharge, my son and I were talking. He
was such a good and brave boy, I was so proud of him that morning. I
wanted to treat him to lunch and told him to pick a restaurant where
he would like to go. I didn't have much money on hand, but I was 100
percent sure he'd say Burger King, his favorite restaurant.
To my surprise, he said Bonanza. Sadly, I told him that I didn't
have enough money for Bonanza that day. He told me, "That's OK,
Mom," and he picked another place more affordable to the few dollars
Moments later, my son was discharged. We both were eager to leave
as it had been a long and emotional morning.
As we were walking out of our curtained room, a friendly woman
stopped me. She had been sitting with another ER patient all
morning. Perhaps she was a family member or a friend of the patient.
She stopped me and told me she had overheard my conversation with my
son about lunch. She took my hand, tucked $20 into it, smiled kindly
and said: "I heard your little boy wants to go to Bonanza. You take
him there on us. He deserves it."
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It all happened so fast, and although I thanked her in the most
heartfelt way I could, I really should have said more. So I'm hoping
this very kind woman sees this letter.
To the sweet lady with brown hair who wore a green shirt and was
at the ALMH ER on that Thursday morning -- thank you! Thank you for
your kindness and generosity. I apologize for not taking the time at
that moment to tell you just how much you were appreciated. I truly
think this world needs more good and selfless people like you. I've
told all my family and friends about how I met an angel that day,
and I have vowed to "pay it forward" with every opportunity that I'm
able. It takes a beautiful person with a beautiful heart to do what
you did. I only wish I wouldn't have been so hasty and instead took
the time to tell you this in person. I am deeply thankful, and I
wish you and your family the very best in happiness and health.
March 10, 2009]
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