An Act of Kindness by a Stranger

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

My parents died fairly recently - my father in May 2020 and my mother in December 2022.  They lived long, full lives, however, and passed when they were in their 90s.

My father was a WWII veteran, having served in the US Army occupation forces in Vienna after the war ended. During his life, he enjoyed learning and reading all he could about WWII, especially the war in Europe, and was what most would call a WWII history buff. In his later life he developed dementia, but his love of reading continued until his death.

My husband and I were fortunate to be able to take my parents several times to the Erickson Aircraft Collection located in the nearby town of Madras, Oregon. This museum has an amazing collection of vintage aircraft, especially those from the second world war. Every time we came to the museum, my elderly father had more energy and excitement and would spend time at every display, reading as much as he could about the plane he was viewing.

One time while visiting, one of the attendees asked about my father's history and when he learned he was a WWII veteran, he asked my dad if was interested in seeing some extra planes which were not on display, but in the process of being refurbished. My dad's face lit up and we were given a private tour of a section of the museum not open to the public with opportunities for my father to touch the planes and gear and really explore the aircraft. It was such a kind gesture from a younger man to an elderly veteran that gave my dad such happiness. I don't know if that younger man remembers what he did, but he made an impression on me and I will never forget his kindness.

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Lynnea Miller - that is an unforgettable act of kindness.  No doubt your Dad is still smiling about that day in Heaven.  You timed the visit that day perfectly. 

Thank you for participating in the December Kindness Challenge.


Dec 29, 2023 02:31 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Lynnea - I can see why this visit made an impression.   It seems to me - the young man has a habit of extending kind gestures to others.  Of course, it's only conjecture. 

Your dad was the beneficiary of this act of kindness.  And obviously, that mattered to you too.  And those reading your post will benefit as well.  

Dec 29, 2023 03:09 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

This is a beautiful story of kindness and going the extra mile to make someone’s day very special. What a wonderful memory.

Dec 29, 2023 03:19 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lynnea Miller - what a beautiful photograph of your parents! I can only imagine how thrilled he was with that extra special surprise. My father also served in WWII. Although my mom and dad didn't live that long as your parents, I know he would have enjoyed it too or at least, reading about your dad's story. 

Dec 29, 2023 03:39 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . That was a special day for my parents. My dad was thrilled.  

Dec 29, 2023 04:40 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lynnea:

That was such a thoughtful thing for that younger man to have done...and it no doubt meant so very much to your Dad and to you!


Dec 29, 2023 05:05 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS . It was wonderful.  For my dad with dementia to be so enthusiastic and communicative on seeing some of these great vintage aircraft was special.

Dec 29, 2023 05:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Lynnea Miller 

That memory of your Dad must be a very special moment to cherish. Dementia is so difficult to deal with!

Dec 29, 2023 05:38 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

There are instances when the kindness of the heart shines though. The act of that museum employee was appreciated by the WWII veteran and a memory he would have taken with him to the end.

Dec 29, 2023 07:31 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Lynnea- what a beautiful story about the kindness of strangers!! And yes, I'm sure that your parents, especially your father remembered the special treatment they were shown. 

Dec 29, 2023 07:53 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

what a wonderful couple. Thanks for sharing, make it a great Saturday and enjoy your

weekend!   Happy New Year!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Dec 30, 2023 03:37 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your parents sound like such wonderful people!  I am sure that young man knew exactly what he was doing for your Dad and that is what made it fun for him as well.  They likely shared some of the same passions!

Dec 30, 2023 04:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a beautiful memory! Kindness is truly a win-win. I bet that young man was thrilled that he made your dad so happy. And your family had a wonderful memory. Thank you for sharing!

Dec 30, 2023 04:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lynnea... isn't it amazing how these acts of kindness suddenly spring up? Your parents were such an attractive couple... I'm sure their loss was difficult for you. At the end of the day, you were fortunate to have many years with them.

Dec 30, 2023 06:27 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Lynnea,
What a sweet memory. I imagine the memory of how thrilled your dad was makes you smile to this day.

Dec 30, 2023 07:57 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Lynnea,

I love this story and this act of kindness is a lovely memory. There are many small kindnesses extended all the time from caring people and we just don't hear enough about them!

Dec 30, 2023 09:08 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Lynnea your kindness post touched my heart today. My Dad was also a WWII Vet and absolutely loved talking about every detail. He, as well, had dementia and like your Dad would come alive when anyone asked him questions about his experiences in WWII.  It always touched my heart to see him happy and back to his own self during those moments. A gift and a blessing indeed. 

Feb 12, 2024 03:52 PM