For the last little while, I have visited with a resident of a Winnipeg care facility who is non-verbal and challenged in a number of ways. We have coffee and cookies at the canteen in the facility or go for walks and communicate as best we can. Over time, he has become my friend.
On occasion, we book a wheelchair vehicle and go further afield. We went to the Park Theatre restaurant to join a lady, Darlene, who first got me involved with visiting this chap.
I ordered coffee and cookies for us all, and I went to pay the young lady who had served us. " No need for that," she said. "That gentleman over there has already paid for it."
I was amazed.
When I thanked him, he just quietly said how he has an affinity for people like my friend, and we can order anything else we would like.
My thank you to him seems so inadequate for his generosity and kindness.
I did not get the man’s name, but he apparently is a regular there.
— Syl Parry