Taking “Sharing Is Caring” To Another Level

, , , , , | Healthy | January 21, 2021

About a decade ago, I decided to donate my kidney as a non-directed donor, meaning I didn’t know the person who would get the kidney; the hospital picked him. Knowing that I volunteered with children and had a real soft spot for them, the hospital recommended a twenty-two-month-old child as the person to receive the kidney.

The surgery went fine and I got to meet the child for the first time a month after the surgery. I thought this would be the only time I would meet the child.

A number of years later, I get a surprise call from the pediatric department of the hospital where I donated. They are doing a reunion party where they get together kidney donors and kidney recipients, and they want to know if I would like to attend. Excited at the chance to meet the child again, I agree to attend.

When they finally arrive at the party, while their mother is busy signing in, the boy and his twin brother wander into the party and apparently recognize me. The one that I actually donated the kidney to is a bit shy at first about meeting me, not so much his brother.

Twin Brother: “Are you the one that gave my brother the kidney?”

Me: “Yes, I was.”

Without saying anything else, he runs up to me and gives me a gigantic hug.

Twin Brother: “Thank you!”

His brother seems a bit unsure how he is supposed to interact with his kidney donor at first, but I have enough experience with kids that I am able to get him to open up soon enough. Eventually, the brothers are excitedly dragging me around to face painting and all the other activities they have for the party.

Boy: “Where did you get the extra kidney from?”

Me: “Everyone is born with two kidneys, but we only really need one, so they took my left kidney out of me and put it in you, and I keep using my right kidney.”

Boy: “How did they get it out?”

Me: “They cut a hole in my belly button and then stuck a machine in through it which they used to cut my kidney out and pull it out through my belly button. Then they did the same thing to you to put the kidney into you.”

Brother: “Did it hurt?”

Me: “They put me asleep when they cut the kidney out, so I didn’t feel anything then. It did hurt a few days after, but it got much better after the third day. It was worth it to help.”

Kid: “Oh.” 

The kid stands there, clearly thinking about that for a few more seconds.

Kid: “Thank you.”

By the end of the party, both twins were asking if I could come visit them again. Since I love kids anyway, I told them I’d be willing to, but I didn’t want to impose, so I told them I could only if their mother wanted to invite me. I heard the kids tell their mother that they wanted me to visit, but I never did get an invite to visit them from her. It’s been many years since then, but I hope, wherever they are, both kids are still as happy and healthy as they were the last time we met.

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One Of These Customers Is Always Right

, , , , | Right | January 19, 2021

I’m working at self-checkout and, as usual, no other registers are opened at my end of the store. An older woman and her mother come up for me to ring them up. I walk them over to a self-checkout machine, ready to help.

Woman: “Oh! I know how to do this; we don’t need help!”

Mother: “Well, have her help anyway; that’s what she gets paid for!”

Woman: “No! She gets paid to help people who don’t know how to use these!”

I had to walk over and tell her she was my favorite customer of the day. She gave me a high-five and then asked for a hug.

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We All Nerd Out In Our Own Way

, , , , | Right | January 18, 2021

My best friend sells handmade crafts and accessories at conventions and craft shows. At this event, an elderly woman with an accent comes to the booth and is very excited about the scarves my best friend and I made.

Woman: “I am always so cold! I wear a coat in the summer and people ask me, ‘Are you cold?’ And I say, ‘NO, I am making a FASHION STATEMENT!'”

That little old lady with no knowledge of sci-fi bought a flannel fandom-inspired scarf and made my day!

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They Rib You About It Every Few Years

, , , , | Right | January 15, 2021

I am at a fast food restaurant. Every couple of years, they have a specialty sandwich that I am very fond of. In my town, we have five of this restaurant chain, and I find out that this year, only one of the locations — the one farthest from me — is participating in the newest rerelease of the sandwich. As I don’t drive, I go out of my way in a rideshare to visit the restaurant two days after the sandwich is supposed to be in stores.

Me: “I’d like the combo with two [Sandwiches], please.”

Employee: “Er, see that truck out there?” *Points* “That’s all of our [Sandwiches]. They just got here, late. This evening is the earliest we’ll be able to sell them.”

I am probably visibly massively disappointed.

Me: “Oh. Darn. Y’all are the only [Restaurant] in town doing them this year, and I probably won’t make it back again before they’re off sale since I live on the other side of town. We’re moving out of the country in the spring and they don’t ever sell them where we’re moving, so I guess that’s the end of my [Sandwich]-eating days!”

I laugh a little.

Me: “I’ll have the [chicken nuggets meal], instead, then.” 

I take my food and go sit at a table, reading on my phone while I eat. After about ten minutes, the employee approaches my table and leans in to speak quietly.

Employee: “We just unloaded the first boxes of [Sandwiches]. My manager said if you want a few, we can go ahead and give them to you early.”

Me: “Oh, my gosh, that would be great! I just need two; I’ll come up and pay for them now!” 

Employee: “No, no, she said we’ll give them to you for being so patient and because you spent more than you would if we’d had the [Sandwich] combo meals ready to go.”

They did give me two sandwiches free, and they were delicious the next day. I honestly think it was less about the money I’d spent and more about the fact that I hadn’t thrown a tantrum, but either way, their kindness made my day!

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Sarcasm On Aisle Four

, , , | Right | January 13, 2021

I am shopping in a supermarket. Although a chain, this is a smaller version, replacing the old mom-and-pop store.

A customer before me is ranting about an ad they’ve noticed but the product is not in store. Two of the employees are explaining that the store, due to its size, has only a limited product range and it’s possible that a product in a nationwide, billboard-sized ad is not in store. She keeps ranting all through the rest of the checkout. The other employee steps out of the discussion in order to serve me.

I make sure my voice does not carry any threatening or aggressive inflection whatsoever.

Me: “Yeah, it is a real disgrace that such a small store does not carry the full product range.”

Employee: *Sighs* “Yes, ma’am. I think so, too.”

The other customer throws me an angry look but tones down the rant a bit.

Employee: “Wait, that was sarcastic, wasn’t it?”

Me: “Absolutely. I’m happy you are here and I accept that sometimes, you won’t carry the product I was looking for.”

The employee smiled brightly while the other customer pushed by me. I did the only thing you really can do in such situations and flashed her a bright smile.

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