Although this is several weeks after the fact, I'm still amazed that the tickets for "The Lion King" that I didn't even know I'd lost were returned to me through the efforts of not one, but two, people.
I'd intended to try the interesting food at Lydiah's Coffee House Downtown since it opened earlier this year. A few weeks ago, I finally did, but I failed to notice that I dropped my tickets to that night's performance of "The Lion King" while paying for my order.
Before I even realized that I had lost the tickets, I got a call from my sister letting me know that they were at Lydiah's. Lydiah had called the Cultural Trust, whose staff member Lee identified my sister through the subscription number on the tickets. Lee even walked down to my sister's office to let her know about the lost tickets in case she hadn't received the phone message Lee had left; my sister then contacted me.
When I went back to retrieve the tickets, Lydiah said that if the tickets hadn't been picked up before the performance, she'd planned to go to the Benedum to see if she could locate the person who'd lost them.
I am so grateful to Lydiah and Lee. Lacking an appropriate quote from Simba, I'm relying on Hamlet, "To be honest, as the world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand."
Shopper took charge of paying when another forgot her wallet
When I went to the checkout counter in a department store to purchase a pair of panty hose, I discovered that I had not brought my wallet.
I asked the clerk to hold my item until I could return with wallet in hand. Another shopper in close proximity realized my dilemma and asked the cost of my intended purchase. I told her $8.
With that, she handed her credit card to the sales clerk. She wouldn't take no for an answer when I tried to stop her. This kind person only said, "Perhaps someday you too will have an opportunity to help someone." I gave her a teary hug.
Upper St. Clair
Random kindness is something everyone just might experience
Every Thursday I look forward to reading Random Acts of Kindness. I never imagined, until Aug. 26, that I would have a reason to contribute a story.
On that day, my daughter drove me to the PNC Bank in Penn Hills Shopping Center. In getting out of the car, with my cane in my right hand, I somehow lost my balance and fell, pretty hard, on my right side.
Before my daughter even realized what had happened, the people in the car next to us came right over. The very nice lady said she was a nurse and asked me to put my arms around her neck. She and the gentleman with her helped me to my feet.
Although I thanked them, I didn't get their names. If they read this column, I'd like them both to know how much this great-grandmother truly appreciates their kindness. The following day, I was a bit sore, yet feeling grateful knowing we have such caring people in our community.
Veteran makes good use of time by helping woman with flat tire
I was driving on a busy four-lane road in Pittsburgh on a Wednesday morning when I hit a piece of debris in the road and blew a tire. A man immediately pulled up in front of my disabled vehicle and asked to help.
I was about to call for a tow truck, but he insisted on changing my tire right there on the road. He said he could change it in 10 minutes, while a tow truck would take an hour to get there. With great skill he got out the spare and changed the tire in a dangerous traffic situation with cars edging past us.
I asked how he had time for this, and he said he was a vet on his way to the VA Hospital. At a time when many vets are having so many problems of their own, it was a miracle to have a vet right there to help when I needed him.
Has someone done you right? Send your Random Act of Kindness to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. First Published September 26, 2013 4:00 AM