Sunday, October 23, 2016

Touched by an Angel



Uh-huh, there's an angel lurking 'round my workplace.  
Still, I never would've guessed she'd be outfitted like a bumblebee wearing a baseball cap!    

We call her Sonia -- sometimes referred to as, "Oh-no-Sonia-what-have-you-done-now?"  
But I'm getting ahead of myself.



A few months back I was leaving for the day when the head of Security approached our back door -- accompanied by a little gal I'd not seen before.  Myra, say hello to our new SO, Sonia.
   
What a pretty name! I remarked ....  to which her smile lit up the whole county.   Seriously, it had been a long time since I'd glimpsed that sort of expression.

As our days go, it was a while before I spotted her again.  Then early one morning she sat the break-room table, head bowed, hands clasped in prayer.   Stowing my lunch in the fridge, I apologized for the interruption.  No, it's OK.  She rose with a smile and gave me a big hug -- the sort I've not felt in years.  (Awkward.  We don't do hugs at work.)

Tell that to Sonia.   Practically overnight, she's become an Ambassador of Goodwill..... moving throughout the campus, offering encouragement and hugs to associates and guests alike .....leaving more than a few bewildered expressions in her wake.

Just the other day, my boss and I were engaged in a private conversation.  Not bothering to knock, here comes Sonia, arms outstretched.  Mission accomplished, she turned and silently departed.

Later that morning, sensing she'd crossed a line, she asked to share a vignette of the time she worked security at Chicago's Wrigley building:
   
My boss told me, "You don't look at, you don't speak to Mr. Wrigley unless invited to do so first."   Well, naw-uh!   One day I spotted the man waiting for the elevator so I walked over:   Good morning, Mr. Wrigley, I'm Sonia.  What do I call you? William?  Bill? 
    
(I wonder if my expression appeared as aghast as I felt.)


He said, "Uh, I suppose William will be fine."
... and do you know what?  After that, every time he was in the building he'd stop at my desk to say hello.



So, recently, Sonia decided it was everyone's best interests to host a chili cook-off.
"But, we don't DO that sort of thing here anymore."  

In spite of my discouraging words, Sonia convinced management and I found myself creating flyers.

Woo-hoo!   Approaching my desk Wednesday morning, Sonia waved a piece of paper above her head.   I've got 15 people signed up so far, and the guy in the Golf Shop said his dad's got a killer recipe and ...
Spotting the look on my face, she paused.
  
Sonia, please tell me you didn't just invite the guys in Golf to participate?   F&B, too?

What?  Did I do something wrong?

I felt a bit like a parent who has to break the news to their children, there is no tooth-fairy.   
 Once upon a time, yes, we were all one.   Then, shortly after our take-over, the Clubhouse, restaurant and golf course were sold.  Through a series of unfortunate happenstance - probably avoidable, but none of which bears repeating - relations have been strained to the point we barely speak to one another. It's not a rule, but no-one goes over there anymore.   


I couldn't not tell my boss - whose eyes grew wide, her mouth forming a perfect 'O.'  Behind her, our AGM giggled.  Why not?

... and it occurred to me.   Wouldn't it be a hoot if, after 4 years, a third-party contract associate were to single-handily effect a healing?   
Like blog-friend Susan recently posted, "One life can make the difference."

I'll let you know how that turns out!  






Have a wonderful new week, friends .....

Hugs from Phoenix!
Myra    









22 comments:

  1. What a lovely story! I had a sister and brother in law, both who could light up a room. I love those kinds of folk. I especially enjoy ones who 'ignorantly' do not follow rules but it is not arrogant or self serving.

    Yep, y'all just might be touch by an angel.
    This is such a sweet post, thanks, it made me feel good.

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    1. Thanks, Jack!
      Ya, even at this 'advanced' age, I'm still a timid rule-follower. Gotta think, she's placed in my life for a reason!

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  2. This is a wonderful story. I think we need more Sonia's in this world. Have a good work week!

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    1. I agree, Mary! Thanks for your affirmation!

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  3. Kindness, friendliness, and compassion are such rare virtues nowadays that they definitely do tend to startle and bewilder.

    It's nice to know that goodwill ambassadors still exist.

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    1. You said it, m'friend!
      Unfortunately, my initial tendency is to be suspicious ... but she's the Real Deal.

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  4. I love Sonia! I wish I could be her, I admire her, I'm glad she's part of your life and your job place! She is so desperately needed in so many other places too!

    betty

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    1. Me, too, Betty! I just hope her candor and kindness rubs off a little bit on the rest of us. :)

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  5. You were definitely blessed with an Angel there for sure ! Sometimes we all need someone like that to remind us of what is truly important! Hope you have a good week!

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    1. True that, Ma. We get 'caught up' in so much that's inconsequential and lose sight of what's really important.

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  6. Wow!! Great story telling and now I can't wait to hear how it all goes! Just might be a real blessing!

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    1. Thanks, Terri ... Fingers crossed!
      I'm thinking I'll take pictures and share on Friday's Foto blog.

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  7. keep us posted on what happens next.. maybe you could get her a job in congress or at the white house

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    1. Congress? Ha-ha-ha!
      But what a great fantasy, imagining Sonia calling one of THOSE stuffed shirts by their first name.

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  8. This made me smile. I like the idea of Sonia bringing everyone together. Our world is so separated anymore. Something has to change. And soon!! A great story!!

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    1. Hi Paula! I agree, our Nation is so divided it's frightening. Something's gotta give or we're in Big Trouble.

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  9. Your story is so sweet, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Love the Wrigley story too since I'm Chicago born.

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    1. Thanks, Debby! I enjoyed showing your remarks about Chicago pizza to DH this evening ... he's a Chicago boy, too ... from the south side; but he only recalled "Home Run." We'll have to check it out!

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  10. This is a great story and I hope it works out well. Either way, I'm sure Sonia's bright light will continue to shine. I will be back to see how it all turns out. So glad you checked out the link to St. B's Hospital. Thanks for telling me you did that.

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    1. You're so kind to have shared that link; sorry, I don't think I said so!
      Yes, I'll let y'all know how Thursday's get-together turns out!

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  11. People like this make the world go round :)

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  12. Sonia sounds like a lovely lady, the kind who really can make a difference. (Thanks for the plug.) What's really cool is maybe her attitude is contagious. :)

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Thanks so much for dropping by! Your words are like hugs from afar.... and who doesn't love a hug!