My daughter, my six grandchildren and I were having a wonderful day in the 'Burgh.
First we went to the National Aviary, then lunch at Station Square and finally a ride on the incline. It never gets old seeing the view of our great city.
Then my 8-year-old grandson Jake decided to look at a sewer, and his prescription glasses slid right in. His mom, having four kids, is used to little mishaps like this. She struggled to lift the manhole cover off, to no avail.
We saw a few Pittsburgh Department of Public Works men and asked if they could help. Three kind men came over with a crowbar and a pick. They lifted off the cover, and one of them actually climbed into the sewer to retrieve the $150 eyeglasses.
These men were the reason that we had a perfect ending to a perfect day. Once again, a big thank-you to those kind men. There is no place like the 'Burgh!
Upper St. Clair
So many thoughtful people traveling on Treesdale Road offered assistance on July 4.
My son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons (ages 3 and 7) and I were driving home after spending a wonderful day with friends. We then heard a loud boom, and the car engine started to smoke. My son stopped the car to call AAA and was told the wait would be about an hour.
All of us were standing on the sidewalk near the car. I was amazed at the concern shown by all of the people driving by. At least every other car stopped to see if we were OK and needed any water or a cell phone. One man even drove by with his family, dropped them off at home and then returned to check on us.
Meanwhile, my son had a friend who came and picked us up to take us to his cool house to wait. He then drove back to join my son to wait for the tow truck.
Many thanks to everyone for offering to help, and for showing my grandchildren how to express concern for others, even when you are busy.
On a recent Saturday, I had my hair washed and set at a place on Brookline Boulevard near where I used to live.
I stopped afterward at Aldi at Sussex Avenue and McNeilly Road. I was very upset, however, when I couldn't travel down McNeilly Road, which was being paved, and didn't know which way to go.
I had made arrangements with the daughter of a dear friend who had passed away to meet her and give her pictures that were her mother's from a mutual friend in Florida. My directions were to turn right off of Route 88, onto Killarney Drive, etc.
There were two men talking nearby, and I asked if either had a cell phone to call my friend on Riehl Drive. One of the men lived close to Riehl Drive and told me to follow him. He found the house number on Riehl and pointed to it and then waved goodbye.
I didn't have a chance to thank him. I hope he reads the Random Acts of Kindness and knows how very much I appreciated his kindness. There are more good people in the world than bad.
My friend and I met at the Olive Garden for lunch before heading to the Civic Light Opera production of "Fiddler on the Roof" on a recent Sunday.
As we were reviewing the menu, the man in the booth behind us got up to leave. He looked at us and said, "Enjoy your lunch." With that he put two $20 bills on the table!
My friend and I were shocked, and I jumped up to give him his money back. The young woman with him, as well as our waitress Terry, said, "Don't even try. Patrick always does this!"
So Patrick, thank you for your kindness, and know that my friend Jane and I will "pay it forward."
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