A Very Special Valentine

This post was stolen from my sister, Amy Ferretti. Leave a comment and I'll be sure she gets it.

I evidently have a very special Valentine.  Normally I detest the Hallmark holiday, as I firmly believe that you should tell those you love how you feel everyday, but this year I will make an exception.

Earlier today I was in CVS buying shampoo when I noticed an elderly man, rather feeble but full of spirit, looking at the same aisle. He looked...well...confused...and a bit sad as well. I didn't want to interfere with what he was doing, but I felt like he needed help...so I just kind of held back and made it appear that I was suffering the same turmoil that he was in my hair care choice.

Finally I couldn't take it anymore, the man looked so down trodden. After chatting with him for a few seconds he confided that he was clueless as to what to buy...and it was the first time in 52 years that he had to buy his own shampoo because his wife passed away the other day. My heart broke when his eyes filled up and I imagined all the things in life he would be doing alone from now on. We exchanged a few more pleasantries (I told him that he didn't need the "volume boost" shampoo probably but did compliment his lovely full head of hair) and I asked if he needed anything else...and at this point I would have done anything to make this sweet man smile...but he assured me he was ok now and it made him feel good to chat with such a "pretty young lady" (score! He called me young!)

I stood behind him in line and he paid for his stuff then turned around and handed me a Reese's heart candy and said I was his Valentine this year...and then my eyes filled right up.

Just remember during the day...when you see people out and about in life, doing their thing, you never know their story. Sometimes in life a simple hello is all anyone needs...and sometimes they need more and maybe we should dig into our souls and extend that hand they so desperately need...what is a few minutes out of our day compared to the lifeline that someone may take those moments as.

Bits & Pieces

  • We are leaving for our mission trip this Friday. Say a prayer for the nine of us and all of the folks we will be meeting. Slip a prayer in for the weather! It looks like we will be leaving right between two storms.
  • If anyone in the Hillsborough NJ area has any storage space for three pallets of Hot Sauce please let me know - going to need to store about 10,000 bottles for a month or so.
  • Anyone have suggestions for 33 hours of flights? I am loading my iPhone up with lots of good music and could use some suggestions.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25: 34-40

Do GoodBob Ferretti