While Buying Java at the Gas Station

This morning I couldn’t sleep. I was determined to get things accomplished before going on our boat shuttle to Keewaydin Island so I awakened early before 6AM. I found out that the greenskeepers are already working to mow the golf course at that hour with the headlights going on their riding mowers. Did you know that? I never knew!


Once showered and dressed, I looked up the hours of my favorite market here in Naples, Florida so I could get some special goodies for our afternoon island adventure. You see, today is a very special day. Today is Michael’s 18th birthday. He is my daughter, Clare’s boyfriend and we took him along for our Springtime Easter holiday adventure. I wanted to maker his birthday a very special one.

Along the way, I stopped to get gas. I noticed as I was getting coffee that there was an elderly gentleman who was talking to a younger man. The younger man asked the older man if he had used the shaver yet. Then, the younger man said to the clerk that the older man was all hers.

I was struck by the fact that this man, who was clean shaven and well put together, probably was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. He and I chatted together for a little bit over the coffee pot. Granted, I will talk to just about anyone and can strike up a conversation with any store clerk and usually do.


This gentleman was a gem. He was sweet, kind and definitely here because he had nothing better to do. He was a people person and maybe lost his wife. I will never know. All I know is that he touched my heart and so did the man who brought him into the store as well as the clerk. What kindhearted people to care for this aging gentleman.

If we could all take a moment and think about the importance of caring for our aging population. If we are lucky, we will one day reach that age. What a wonderful thing it would be to have the knowledge that we could rely on our youth to take care of us at that age.  This is something to teach our children about. No time like the present!


This is a post written as part of FTSF which is awesome! Each week, we are given the beginning of a sentence, this week it is “The things I’ve seen this morning…” This is then written about and linked up with other amazing writers each week. Go check it out at http://www.FindingNinee.com! You won’t be sorry!

7 thoughts on “While Buying Java at the Gas Station

  1. What a sweet and really powerful story because you’re so right that we’ll each be lucky if we have others to look out for us when wandering and find ourselves at a coffee shop, lost and confused. Also happy happy birthday to your daughter’s boyfriend. I hope you all had a wonderful celebration.

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  2. We are all going to get older. We all will deserve care and compassion at that time, like we deserve to and from others in this very moment. What a good lesson for us all. Also, sounds like the best gift to give, this lesson, for any young person.
    A day at the beach sounds nice too.

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  3. That is such a touching snippet from your morning. I’m sure the man loved having you to talk to. There is such loneliness out there in the community. Years ago when my son was little he saw a little hunched lady walking along with a pretty coloured cardigan. He dived out of the car and peeked up at her little face pointing directly to the ground and said “You look so pretty today in that jumper”. Her face lit up with such surprise..it really made her day. Simple things can make such a difference to someones day. Thank you for reminding me.

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