Monday, October 01, 2007
Leo Lit Up My Life
Strange post title but it’s true. Leo did light up my life.
I met him in the local Staples store where I’d gone to purchase zip discs for my Zip Drive to back up work from my computer.
(I am now aware zip discs and Zip Drives are obsolete, thank you very much. I’m beginning to think I am too.)
Leo was a customer looking at computers who overheard the salesclerk inform me the store hadn’t carried zip discs for years.
I’m guessing Leo is in his twenties.
I know Leo is not shy and possesses a heart of gold.
Without a moment’s hesitation he gave me a big smile and said, “Hey, I have lots of zip discs I no longer use. You’re welcome to have them.”
After much sputtering on my part (wow, thanks, how? when? where? Are you sure?) I gave him my phone number. Correction – I gave his girlfriend my phone number. I’m old enough to be Leo’s mother but I’m not that trusting.
I never thought he’d call. He did.
Arrangements were made and two nights later, my eldest and I drove over to Leo’s apartment building. (We got lost. Eldest commented, “We’re not lost. I know exactly where we are.” Good point but we still weren’t where we were supposed to be.)
Leo met us in the parking lot. Not only did he give me tons of zip discs, he gave me a zip drive. AND I GAVE HIM A LOUSY TWENTY! Had no idea the discs cost as much as they did until I got home and saw a sticker price. (I’d been using a stash purchased many, many years ago and not by me.)
Leo (whose last name and exact address I do not know), I owe you big time! Not just for the discs but for your kindness and generosity.
You know that Pay It Forward concept? The passing along of a good deed? I’ll be doing it. For Leo. And for every person who takes the time to do something kind for a perfect stranger.
(I’m definitely not a “perfect” stranger but I’m thinking Leo is pretty damn close to perfect…)