Knife Brings Tears

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Quick Steel
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Knife Brings Tears

Postby Quick Steel » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:11 am

I became aware of a young man [late 40s] who had lost his job due to the increasingly debilitating effects of diabetes. To produce some income for his family he hired himself out as a general handyman. He had some practical skills particularly with electricity and heating. Consequently, my sister and I invited him for a morning's light work.

He arrived punctually and proceeded thru the tasks we asked of him. He was clearly experienced and worked very efficiently. As he ended his work I went to my room to get some cash to settle up. Normally I would have written a check but I did not want him to go thru the extra time it would take for him to convert it to cash in hand. While doing this, I had the thought that as a working man he might be able to use a decent pocket knife. I chose a very nice German model.

After giving him his payment we chatted for a while. When he eventually got up to leave, I made some remark about how I thought a working man should always have a good knife available and then gave him the knife. No fuss about it. I simply slipped it to him as we walked to the door. He paused and studied the knife carefully. I was taken aback as I saw a couple of tears roll down his cheeks. He felt he needed to apologize for choking up and then explained that in years past, when times were better for him, he had collected pocket knives. He had none anymore, but now he did.

The last I heard, he is doing poorly. Kindly keep him in your prayers. Thanks.
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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby djknife13 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:21 am

Thanks for posting that QS. It's amazing how, when we approach life with a "Go and be a blessing" attitude and we do something that to us seems like a simple nice gesture, it often ends up being huge to the one being blessed and in turn a blessing for us. _____Dave

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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby Quick Steel » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:28 pm

Thank you Dave. That is a very good observation.
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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby bestgear » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:39 pm

Thank you for sharing that story QS - I needed that reminder today.
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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby jerryd6818 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:45 pm

Garry, that story just made my day. I got the warm and fuzzes from reading it. Thank you for posting it.
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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby FRJ » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:50 pm

Great story, Quick Steel. ::tu::
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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby fergusontd » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:08 pm

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::tu:: A local newspaper has a columnist that gives out Roses and thornes to people in his column. This is definitely a Rose! ftd

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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby treefarmer » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:15 pm

This is the kind of thing that makes AAPK such a great read!
Thanks Quick Steel for givin' me a boost ::handshake:: .
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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby Colonel26 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:18 pm

Good on ya QS. That was a fantastic way to start my day.
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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby carrmillus » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:18 pm

Quick Steel wrote:I became aware of a young man [late 40s] who had lost his job due to the increasingly debilitating effects of diabetes. To produce some income for his family he hired himself out as a general handyman. He had some practical skills particularly with electricity and heating. Consequently, my sister and I invited him for a morning's light work.

He arrived punctually and proceeded thru the tasks we asked of him. He was clearly experienced and worked very efficiently. As he ended his work I went to my room to get some cash to settle up. Normally I would have written a check but I did not want him to go thru the extra time it would take for him to convert it to cash in hand. While doing this, I had the thought that as a working man he might be able to use a decent pocket knife. I chose a very nice German model.

After giving him his payment we chatted for a while. When he eventually got up to leave, I made some remark about how I thought a working man should always have a good knife available and then gave him the knife. No fuss about it. I simply slipped it to him as we walked to the door. He paused and studied the knife carefully. I was taken aback as I saw a couple of tears roll down his cheeks. He felt he needed to apologize for choking up and then explained that in years past, when times were better for him, he had collected pocket knives. He had none anymore, but now he did.

The last I heard, he is doing poorly. Kindly keep him in your prayers. Thanks.

............great story!!!!................ ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: .....................

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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby gsmith7158 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:50 pm

Quick Steel, to me that is the essence of the members here on AAPK. You never know how a small gesture of kindness will affect someone, but that is generally not the reason for the gift. It is that most of the people here are truly kind. I applaud you for your kindness!
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Greg

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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby Quick Steel » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:19 pm

For me, this little incident taught or clearly reinforced what I now recognize as an important principle. That is, whenever the inspiration comes to do something positive for someone I mustn't debate with myself about it. Or have an inner dialog..."Why should I do this; or how will the person react etc. etc.? Just do it. I hope that has become my inner motto. "Just do it!" That is what I learned from from my visitor that morning.

And, GSM, while I definitely appreciate your generous comment I am in fact far from kind. I am an onery, impatient son of a gun. Just ask my sister!
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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby gsmith7158 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:27 pm

Quick Steel wrote:
And, GSM, while I definitely appreciate your generous comment I am in fact far from kind. I am an onery, impatient son of a gun. Just ask my sister!


Well QS I kind of figured that from the pic of that stern looking judge staring down from the bench, but even us old ornery coot have a bit of compassion way down deep!
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Greg

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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby Chase » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:02 pm

Excellent story! Very touching and warming, I salute you for your generosity and bringing some joy to that gentleman!

Tom

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Re: Knife Brings Tears

Postby Quick Steel » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:41 am

Thank you Thomas. [Totally irrelevant but my middle name is Thomas. Talk about being self-absorbed!]
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