Random acts of kindness: Grandmother loved her assist from Marine at a graduation

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I am an 80-year-old young-at-heart grandma who attended my granddaughter’s recent graduation at Gateway High School.

Unfortunately, I am somewhat handicapped by arthritis in my knees and hips. To my dismay, I saw I would have to climb fairly high up in the bleachers for a seat at the graduation ceremony.

I started up, struggling, when a handsome young Marine in full dress uniform came to my aid. He helped me all the way up to my seat.

My heart was aflutter (this is the young-at-heart part) as this was the very first time in my life I was on the arm of one of our nation’s finest.

Thank you, sir, for the assist and for the thrill. God bless you.


Forest Hills


Kind Kristen made sure woman

could find her way to a concert

I usually drive to the North Side, but on Sunday, May 25, I decided to take the T.

I was going to West Park to enjoy percussionists’ performance of John Luther Adams’ “Inuksuit.” When I got to the street at the end of the transit ride, however, I was not sure which direction to walk. I asked several people who had no idea.

Then I had the good fortune to meet Kristen. She offered to email the directions to my phone, which, unfortunately, is not “smart.” I asked her to just tell me the way and I could find it. She would not hear of that!

Kristen, her fiance and his friend were on their way to the Pirates game. She told them to go ahead, and she would join them later. She then slowed her pace to match mine.

Even though I kept exhorting her to join her friends at the game, she insisted that she wanted to help me get to my destination. She said she was curious about the performance.

I thanked her again and again, told her to tell her parents how proud they could be of a wonderful daughter and that I was going to submit this story to Random Acts of Kindness.

The weather was perfect and the performance mesmerizing, but meeting Kristen was a pure joy!


South Side Slopes


Stranger gets credit for insisting

that dog receive care on hot day

We were sitting on the curb Downtown watching the PrideFest parade with our rescue dog, a black lab/German shepherd mix.

It was hot, and an older woman with a cane stopped and asked where the dog’s water was. I showed her my bottle of water and how I let the dog drink from my cupped hand.

She said the dog was hot and in need of a bowl of water and I should get her into the shade. I said OK and turned back to watch the parade. The woman again insisted I find shade the dog, and I told her OK, as the parade was coming to an end anyhow.

I just want to say thank you to her now for caring and being insistent. After reflecting on the incident, I realize how right she was. I did find shade and made a makeshift bowl.


North Side


Young man shows big heart

goes with his strong muscles

My wife and I participated in the Shaler Relay for Life on June 21, taking my electric scooter as I have spinal stenosis and cannot walk any distance.

Being senior citizens, we have problems lifting the scooter, as it breaks down into five very heavy parts.

A maintenance man drove by us as were just about done and said, “When you are ready to leave, find me and I will load it into your car.” Being a very strong young man, he had no problem. We don’t know his name, but we appreciated his kindness.



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