The Kindness of Strangers

As a family, we're amazed over the events of the last few days and both the comments from the community and email from friends. We're in a happy daze! While the new family gets settled into a routine, the rest of us are running their errands and fixing meals. "Trader Joe's" was one store I missed this summer while I was in Canada, so it was a pleasure to take our list there today in Heather's neighborhood. Both here and in California, the people working there are such a pleasure to deal with, and I suspect they're hired as much for their personality as ability. As we were checking out today, "Keith" asked us what we had planned for the rest of the day. Heather told him we were going to be cooking dinner for her sister who just had a baby, and he asked if Ken and I were the new grandparents. Within a minute he was sharing the story of his own parents and how excited they were to have a grandbaby, and then said, "I'd like to give you some flowers for the occasion!" He sent someone to bring us two bouquets of sunflowers and mums that now grace the living room table at Heathers. The small, thoughtful gestures and kind words mean the world to us! We're more appreciative of these than you can possibly imagine!

Heather gets all the credit for fixing an amazing meal to take to John & Ashley last night. After dinner, they tried to get some rest while I was delighted to cradle Ashton for a couple of hours. This Grandmother business is going to be a pleasure like no other!

I look forward to getting some photos of him outside and will post another soon. Thanks to those of you who've asked!
Great Pic
posted October 19th, 2010  
How sweet and generous of the clerk! Those are beautiful Louise! What a wonderful gesture! Glad to see you are having a wonderful time with little Ashton. Blessings to you all
posted October 19th, 2010  
Lovely shot :) glad everything is going well
posted October 19th, 2010  
Sounds like it is a great experience so far! Becoming a grandparent is our reward for going through the terrible twos, and the teenage years.

Dinner is one of the best things you can give to a new mom! I always give a nice pan of baked mostiaciolli for my new baby gift.

Congratulations again to all!
posted October 19th, 2010  
Awww, what a sweet gesture on Keith's part! Those are such beautiful flowers! Glad you're all getting to spend such wonderful time together as a family!
posted October 19th, 2010  
So sweet of him. Beautiful flowers and beautiful photo. Can't wait to see more photos of the baby. I'm very happy for you Louise.
posted October 19th, 2010  
what lovely flowers and what an amazing story to gi along with it!!!!! i think thats just so sweet. :)
posted October 19th, 2010  
How sweet of Keith! Babies bring out the tenderness in most people…you’re seeing that first-hand. Glad that everyone’s doing well, that the new parents are getting some rest and that you’re enjoying being a grandmother. Just wait – it gets even better!
posted October 19th, 2010  
awwwww how sweet and the flowers are beautiful!
posted October 19th, 2010  
So glad to hear you are enjoying the role of grandma Louise, pretty flowers!
posted October 19th, 2010  
This is such a gorgeous Fall arrangement! Keith is such a sweetheart. I'm sure that he picked up on your kind nature and decided to pay it forward, knowing that you are the type of family that would one day so something similar for someone. Beautiful shot of a beautiful act of kindness Louise! Can't wait to see more Ashton shots : )
posted October 19th, 2010  
What a kind person. This is a beautiful set of flowers! So glad you are all thoroughly enjoying the new addition to the family!
posted October 19th, 2010  
I adore sunflowers! I really like this arrangement, too. (:
You could have used this for the Still Life thing, too!
posted October 19th, 2010  
beautiful
posted October 19th, 2010  
Wonderful....it amazes me how kind and sweet some people can be!
posted October 19th, 2010  
i LOVE trader joes!!! ok, this is not very related to baby at all, but will talk more tonight!!!!
posted October 19th, 2010  
That's awesome! I love Trader Joe's!
I haven't had the chance to do this, but CONGRATULATIONS on the new grandson! That's so exciting! :)
posted October 19th, 2010  
Lovely pic, miss Trader Joe's since I've been out of Ca for 4 years, and congrats too!
posted October 19th, 2010  
Love sunflowers!!!!! So -they should write a book - why Good things happen to Good people!! Bask in it - it's too precious to miss!
posted October 19th, 2010  
Like attracts like so I am not at all surprised by this kind gesture! What a beautiful burst a spring in these flowers, all the more appreciated as the temperature drops around me. I can so picture you sitting there loving baby Ashton. So next time you are at Trader Joes try the Marsala Burgers they are DIVINE. I love them so much I drive the hour to the closest Trader Joes to get them.
posted October 19th, 2010  
I like the red wall! Are you staying with Heather? Trader Joe's is so nice, as we found out when visiting our son in Portland. We hope that some day Denver will have one. Keith was very sweet to give you flowers! Very pretty photo! Holding those grandbabies is so heartwarming you almost can't believe it. I remember when Ella was so tiny.
posted October 19th, 2010  
Blessings and more blessings. Beautiful, cheery arrangement. :)
posted October 19th, 2010  
What a thoughtful gesture! It reaffirms our sense that the world really is full of nice people. Enjoy that grandbaby!
posted October 19th, 2010  
Beautiful sunny flowers! A lovely gesture.
posted October 20th, 2010  
louise when i read about your daily life i picture you walking around with the theme song from the old mary tyler moore show playing............or does it?
posted October 20th, 2010  
A beautiful bouquet, and such a sweet story!
posted October 20th, 2010  
beautiful photo! i LOVE flowers!!
posted October 20th, 2010  
There is a saying in German "Glück steckt an". (Happiness is contagious) . I believe that you and your family radiate so much happiness right now that people feel affected by it and react to it. You make them feel happy and they return the favor.
posted October 20th, 2010  
It sounds like things are going quite well there, and it also sounds like you are indeed getting a handle on the Grandmother role. I can tell you Loiuse, it only gets better. We look forward to seeing some photos of little Ashton.
posted October 20th, 2010  
Those are dazzling flowers to go with your moods. Enjoy!!
posted October 20th, 2010  
I love to hear of a great customer service story. How thoughtful and caring.
Thanks for sharing this as it restores my faith in business doing the right things for its customers. Enjoy your time with Ashton and your family.
posted October 20th, 2010  
Beautiful flowers made even more beautiful by the generosity of the clerk! I love Trader Joe's too!
posted October 20th, 2010  
Aww, that's so sweet of the Trader Joe's guy to give you flowers :)
I'm so happy you are enjoying grandmother hood..looking forward to seeing pictures of your grandbaby.
posted October 20th, 2010  
People really are wonderful aren't they? I am glad you had such a wonderful experience at TJ's...you deserve it because you spread so much joy to others! Enjoy the baby!
posted October 20th, 2010  
We don't have a Trader Joe's near us. We don't have much near us, in all honesty. I miss Trader Joe's and it was so nice of them to do this for you. It definitely is the little things that mean so much. And now all of us here at 365 will pass on the word telling everyone how nice they were to you! Word of mouth...........
posted October 20th, 2010  
how sweet is that, I tell you! There's hope for all of us, isn't there?
posted October 20th, 2010  
Lovely pic from a lucky lady! How nice of Keith. Pleased to hear you are getting in lots of cuddles, make the most of your time with him while he is so small, you forget how quickly they grow! Eloise is only 5 weeks but already out of her first size sleep suits!! Where are you coming to in France? anywhere near the SW?
posted October 20th, 2010  
soooo....of course i can't be back here on this site without saying hi to you and telling you how much i've missed your photos and your comments. it's like i have to report to you and let you know that i'm back.

Congrats on the precious addition to your beautiful family, GRANDMA!!!! sorry i'm a bit late....i've added heather on facebook and i saw the little one's pictures there =)
posted October 20th, 2010  
@suebiz47 Yes, we're staying at Heather & Tina's home, just a short couple miles from Ashley & John & baby! They painted the living room when they moved in, and fortunately one wall is windows for some light!
posted October 20th, 2010  
@andifree @bradsworld @timandelke @elizabeth @cglist @mirmax @tangie @seattle @nenaslug @catfever7 @stownsend @krisnow18 @msk1p2 We're blessed to be sure; thank you for your kindness as well! It's a delight to have such a pleasant interchange with a stranger and will greet him as a friend the next time we're through there! Such an exchange makes me feel this world is a nice place for Ashton to be born into!
posted October 20th, 2010  
That's such a nice story! It helps restore one's faith in mankind when things like this happen...
posted October 20th, 2010  
Babies bring out the best in everyone, don't they?!!?
posted October 20th, 2010  
Wonderful story! I knew there were still nice people out there : ) Hope you're enjoying your time with your new grandson and all your family!
posted October 21st, 2010  
How generous people are!
The flowers look lovely. I can imagine all the hustle and bustle going on over there - so exciting. There is nothing that can come close to this - enjoy every moment ! We look forward to seeing photos of Ashton :)
Love to everyone !
posted October 21st, 2010  
pretty shot - love the red walls. and what a great story! :)
posted October 22nd, 2010  
This is such a sweet story. Nice to know that things like this can still happen in this world. :-)
posted October 22nd, 2010  
how very sweet of him! those little unexpected blessings are so heart-warming. i'm loving getting caught up on your photos, and equally so on your 'journal' of all the excitement going on!! i'm quite ready to see more photos of ashton, although i'm surprised you can push a shutter button and type all with only one hand, since surely the other one is filled with your little bundle of joy!! (:
posted October 24th, 2010  
how wonderful of Keith. :)
this story warms my heart :)
i bet you are going to be a wonderful grandmother! ashton is a lucky little boy :)
posted October 24th, 2010  
Aaaaaaaaaaaw, that is simply amazing! :) What a kind soul!
posted October 24th, 2010  
Beautiful--if only we the little, kind, compassionate people ruled the world.
posted October 25th, 2010  
Beautiful flowers and so loved the story of friendship and community. It is so nice to hear that tehre are still so wonderful people working their way into our hearts.
posted October 29th, 2010  
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