Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Another Constellation

We have a lot of cold dessert choices in my neighborhood.

Down the street and over from Brett's Yogurt, there is another, national franchise. It sells ice cream and doughnuts: you know the one. The lady that owns it, LaRonda, is there every day in the morning with the rush, worrying in the afternoon during the lull, then speeding through the afternoon after-school rush. She does not find good enough help to be open late at night. This is a mistake on weekends.

We also have a lot of homeless people here. One of them used to buy cases of water and ice in summer, cool them down in an ice chest, and sell them. He would carry the ice chest up and down the street, or sometimes he had a wagon. Then he disappeared.

Months later, Reginald was back. In a wheelchair. He'd been at XYZ University's Hospital, getting treatment for brain cancer. Over the intervening months, he panhandled from his wheelchair, with the tumors in his head visibly getting larger and larger, his cognition poorer and poorer. Occasionally you would see him with a quart of hand-packed ice cream, getting the full good out of it. LaRonda at the ice cream and doughnut store used to give it to him freely, whatever flavor he wanted. She is struggling. She gave that homeless entrepreneur some of the last joy he had on this earth.


Books of the World said...

Bless her, she has a good heart. Wish more people were like that.

Slamdunk said...

It is great to hear compassionate stories. Thanks for sharing LaRonda's gift.

Bob G. said...

THESE are the people we rarely (if ever) hear about...the good souls, the kind hearts, the unsung "heroes" across this vast nation.

And it's people like YOU (Ann) that bring their stories to light.

I'm with "Max", here...
We not only need MORE people like LaRonda, but we also need more people like YOU to keep us from becoming comfortable with any complacency we might encounter.

Life is not easy for most, and difficult for many, but being able to share selflessly with those even less fortunate takes courage.

Besides, it's just the right thing to do.

great post!

Ann T. said...

Dear "Max", Slamdunk, and Bob,

One day I tried to tell her that I knew what she was doing for Reginald. She got all flustered and gave me free coffee. Then we fussed about that. I wanted to support her, not take more from her!

She is truly a good person. I try to get a doughnut, coffee, or cone there every once in awhile. You know, for me here there's just no downside.
Ann T.

meleah rebeccah said...

I wish the world was filled with more people like LaRonda!

Unknown said...

When I come visit, we shall go have an ice cream at LaRonda's. It is really nice to hear about the good stuff. Thanks Ann. :)

Ann T. said...

Dear Meleah,
I do too. Sometimes I think it is, only we don't know it. Otherwise, how much worse off would we be?

Thanks for writing in! It's always a pleasure to hear from you.

Ann T.

Dear peedee,
We will have ice cream. I am pretty gone on butter pecan--or I wonder if they still make baseball nut. . .
She also serves greasy egg on bagel stuff, which is good right before we hoof all over town looking at the sights.

Nearer to that day every day,
Ann T.