One day Jason went to have a meal in e nearby restaurant. That was his first time having a meal there since he avoided the place for no reason. He never knew he would experience this.
He went and sat alone at the table in the corner. While waiting for his order an elderly gentleman caught his attention. That same gentleman pointed to the chair next him and motioned if he could sit down. Jason nodded his head allowing him to have a meal with him.
While the old man was looking in the menu, one of the waitresses stepped to inform Jason that the gentleman was communicating with notes only. No one ever heard him speak. Jason didn’t mind, he just felt glad he had someone to eat with.
As they were sitting and eating, they were passing notes to each other all the time. He had a very nice handwriting and somehow Jason enjoyed reading what he had to write. He found out a lot about him and it turned out he never met a person like him before. He had a lot of stories to pass on. Even though they didn’t speak they never ran out of topics. They wrote about the weather, the universe, the constellations, the former presidents of the USA.
As Jason sat there looking at the old man, he just hoped that he was making that day a better day for that 93-year old gentleman.
But then it hit him, and he decided to write his last note which said, “Sir, I just want you to say thank you for sharing a meal with me. I must leave now but I want you to know that you made my day a lot better. Please take care of yourself, and I hope we’ll see each other again.”
When the old man read the note, he gave Jason a delighted look while smiling with his eyes and his lips at the same time. It really touched him, and it was obvious that Jason’s written words meant to him a lot. He gave Jason a handshake, hugged him and tapped him on the shoulder as a goodbye.
This story is not about what Jason did, but it’s about kindness being a language which deaf can hear and the blind can see. You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.