Once would have made me happy; would have brighten my day; would have lifted my spirits and my opinion of my fellow human beings. Twice – to be the recipient of thoughtfulness and kindness twice in the one day was very nice indeed.
As my story concerned two deliverymen, it brought to mind the film title, “The Postman Always Rings Twice” but these men bore no resemblance to Jack Nicholson’s character, Frank Chambers, they were quite the opposite.
The grocery delivery from Supervalu, Kilbarry, Waterford, arrived around three o’ clock and the groceries were left, as is the arrangement, in the boxes we leave at the gate. The deliveryman has to drive on about 200 metres to the end of the road so as to turn around. On his way back past out gate he stopped and telephoned me, because we hadn’t gone to collect the shopping – “Just to let you know that the groceries are at the gate. You might want to bring the frozen things in as soon as you can; it’s fairly warm and they’ll thaw on you.” The man had done his job, efficiently, perfectly and completely satisfactorily and, no doubt, had a long list of calls ahead, but still took the time to be thoughtful, kind and helpful to someone. A good man!
An hour later, my ‘phone rang again: “Is that Paddy? I’ve a delivery from Parcel Motel, a book I’d say, and I put it on top of your pier. There’s a few drops of rain falling now so you wouldn’t want to leave it here too long.” And, he was gone! Job done with the bonus of extra kindness and thoughtfulness!
You’d have to appreciate people like that! Good people!
On other matters – a hen pheasant came along with three little – and they were tiny – chicks today. She introduced them to us, stopped for a snack, settled down with them under her for a rest and then toddled along. We’ll see them again tomorrow.