There are few times in your life when something or someone really touches your heart from a kind act where you’re absolutely speechless. The only “speech”, per se, is to cry tears of humbling emotion.
Patty and I moved from San Diego to Northern California in April of 2000. She immediately went to work for the El Dorado County of Child Support Services in Placerville. She had a great career with that department, quickly climbing the ladder from a supervisor position, to manager and finishing her career as the department’s program manager. During that 10 year run, Patty, at one time or another, supervised pretty much everyone in the Placerville and South Lake Tahoe offices. When I say “supervised” I really should say “touched” every person in those offices. Just how much Patty “touched” those people was very evident when we opened yesterday’s mail…
I picked up yesterday’s mail like any other day. I noticed a card mixed amongst the other mail, like bills and flyers from the local grocery stores. There was nothing unusual about the card from the outside. It was addressed to Patty with a return address from the El Dorado County Department of Child Support Services in Placerville. I brought the mail in and divided the “Ed vs. Patty” mail, not paying much attention to Patty as she went through her stack of mail while sitting on the couch. Suddenly I heard her crying softly! I asked if she was alright and she couldn’t talk as her eyes were focused on the card. I walked over to comfort her but realized that she didn’t need comforting… all the comfort she needed was in that card!
The outside of the card was really cute! It was shaped like a bra. It read:
Girlfriends are like a good bra –
always there to lift you up!
And this card indeed lifted her up!!! It was signed by everyone from her old office, each person writing a small message to lift her spirits! I’ll admit, when I saw the card and read what people wrote, I fought back tears!
But that wasn’t all… there were papers folded inside the card. The office had a “Pink Party Day” as a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure which raises money for breast cancer education and research.
Below was the announcement that circulated the office:
The people from the El Dorado County Department of Child Support Services raised over $600.00 in Patty’s name to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Patty and I were so touched and humbled by the amazing effort this group went through to do this in Patty’s name! You know how you may work at a place for a number of years, then you leave. Maybe once in a great while after you’ve left, someone will ask: “Do you ever hear from so-and-so?” or: “I wonder what ever happened to so-and-so?” Or even once the person has left, that’s it. Gone! Not this office. These people truly care about Patty and truly care about how she’s doing. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this gesture means to Patty! It’s all she talked about last night. Some friends stopped by today and that card was the first thing she showed them! I even heard her on the phone with Nicole and another call from her sister, Dottie, talking about how much this meant to her!
The timing for this gift couldn’t have been any better! As I’m sure you’re aware, Patty had her last chemo infusion this past Tuesday. The side effects from this treatment came earlier and much stronger than usual. The side effects knocked her down pretty hard yesterday. Knowing that all her friends from the office did this for her really lifted her spirits and gave her some strength to get through the day!
Words can’t express what Patty, as well as I, feel. (that’s unusual for me, since I’m rarely at a loss for words!) For now, all I can say is YOU GUYS ROCK!!!
Thank you so much!!!