There was a story here in Ottawa this week that made everybody cringe. A young couple had their apartment broken into while they were visiting their critically-ill newborn daughter at the hospital. The thieves took everything of value and even trashed the baby’s room. The room the baby had never yet slept in.
I had to believe the thieves did not know where the parents were because being a robber is bad enough. If they also knew the parents were visiting their baby in the hospital, well there are just no words for it.
But just as one begins to question the very nature of our humanity, just as one wonders how anyone could sink so low as to trash a baby’s nursery even if they didn’t know the baby was fighting for her life in the hospital, comes the kind of community spirit and kindness that restores the faith that most people are good and kind.
Ottawa residents rallied for the couple, donated money and tried to help them replace what had been lost. But even a Winnipeg musician heard the plight and stepped up.
According to this story in the Ottawa Citizen a friend of the couple contacted The Weakerthans because the band is the mother’s favourite. One of the items stolen was a custom-made Fender Mustang bass guitar which the mother, Melannie Eldridge, had cherished. Lead singer John K. Samson offered to give Melannie his first bass guitar, a Fender he saved up to buy when he was a teenager.
It was a generous and totally wonderful offer and one that brought some happiness to the couple in the midst of some very difficult days.
-- Mia Rabson / The Capital Chronicles