Need a Lift? Read this.
This is not my story but, one I think that should be told as told to me. Kathy, an agent in the office next to mine didn't want to write or tell this because it involves an act of generosity by her and her motive for what she did was not recognition.
As agents we can lead rather hectic lives always balancing closings, inspections, offers, the deal that's about to fall apart and grabbing a quick bite behind the wheel as we are off to the next listing appointment. It was just such a day that Kathy sat at a red light in her new BMW trying to down a sandwich.
A broken figure of a man and his dog was just outside her window looking somewhat lost and relying on a cane to walk along. She rolled down her window and asked if he was hungry? "I can eat" was his response. So, within a few minutes Kathy was back with a sandwich and a drink...he was very appreciative and promptly shared some of the sandwich with the little dog...I'm guessing his only friend in the world...the man remarked that the dog often eats better than he does.
After a little conversation she learned he was 82 years old, had fallen in the shower at a motel that he had stayed at...the reason for the cane. He was also a VET and was waiting for a check that was late...which is the reason for him now being homeless. Kathy needed to do more so, by herself went to the motel the man had just been evicted from to confirm his story...very sad but all true was the confirmation. Kathy paid for another nights stay in the motel for him and his dog. The motel staff felt badly for him but, had done all they could.
Once again she went back to the man to tell him that she had arranged for him to spend another night in the motel and again he thanked her. Kathy wanted to do more but, alas you can only do so much. She has yet to go back to the motel to see what has happened to the man so, Kathy does not as yet have an ending for this story.
I saw the emotion on her face and the welling up of tears in her eyes when she told me about this. I'm sure much was left out by my telling and quite sure she would have told it better...she's just a little shy. So, when you get a chance, give Kathy a shout and let her know how you feel. She's a good agent and a good person and I felt this was a story you needed to hear.
On a lighter note Kathy was not going to tell her husband about this for fear he would think she was being scammed...and how could she be so gullable? But then she realized that her husband looks at the credit card statements and that one night charge for a motel room might be a little difficult to explain after the fact.