An Open Letter to the Young Girl in the Parking Lot of Charlie Brown’s Steak House
Dear Young Girl in the Parking Lot of Charlie Brown’s Steak House:
You don’t know me but you did a wonderful thing for my mother the other night. To give you a little background, my mom is 73 years old. My stepfather is 92. He wears a catheter all the time and needs a wheel chair to get around. In order to keep him lively, my mother occasionally takes him out to the mall or dinner at Charlie Brown’s Steak House, their favorite restaurant.
About three nights ago after dining at the restaurant, my mother was struggling to get my stepfather into the car. It was cold and windy and he does not move as well as he used to. You saw this and (without asking) came to her assistance. You helped her finish getting him in the car and then folded the heavy wheel chair and put it in the trunk. My mother told you that you didn’t have to help and you said that it was too cold for her to be doing that and you were glad to help. You have no idea the impact your kindness had on my mother.
She called me up to tell me the story and she was crying. No, not just crying but sobbing. She couldn’t believe that this tiny little girl who did not know her would go out of her way to help her. My mother has been struggling to take care of Al (my stepdad) since he became debilitated about a year ago. This man was the “everyready Energizer Bunny” who did everything and took care of everything. Now the tables are turned on my mother and she struggles daily with his care. She refuses to put him in a home and feels that this man has worked his whole life and deserves to be cared for in his own home.
It’s a big job and she does most of it by herself. I think the stress of all that work and the fact that his side of the family barely helps or shows interest, has taken it’s toll on mother. It all came to the surface and exploded when you came to her aid. And don’t get me wrong, you did a wonderful thing and I think my mother just needed to cry about it and get it out of her system. She’s feeling better now and she will always have a little special place in her heart for you and so do I. If more people were like you, this world would definitely be a much better place.
Thank you so very much from the son of the woman you helped in the parking lot of Charlie Brown’s Steak House. May all your kindnesses be returned ten-fold.