Tori Posted June 15, 2006 Report Share Posted June 15, 2006 This is a post I made to a general discussion board two weeks after my husband had passed on and while I was still more in control of my emotions. It seems appropriate to share the experience with this group, since that encounter had such a powerful and lasting effect on me that I can't get it out of my mind."This morning I steeled myself and went back to our favorite place for breakfast, taking only a book for company. First time ever to eat out by myself! Several of the servers came over at different times to offer their condolences. As I spoke to the first server that came over, the man (a complete stranger) in the booth in front of me turned around with a stricken look on his face and then turned away and began weeping. He was completely distraught, and my instincts told me we were both in the same situation. Several times he glanced my way as if wanting to speak, but would begin sobbing again. Now more than a little teary eyed myself I quietly asked, "would it help if you had someone to talk to"? He shook his head and quickly turned away. I apologized for intruding on his grief, and he gestured that it was okay. Suddenly he stood up and came toward me and my first thought was, "oh my God, I've done it now"! Without a word he bent down and hugged me as hard as he could without actually hurting me. We exchanged a few brief words of comfort and he grabbed up his check and waved goodbye flashing a tiny semblance of a teary eyed smile on his way out. The hug of a stranger made my day and I hope I helped him just a little bit too!!!!!" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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