Many will agree with me as we go through our everyday lives, days go by while people seem to just come and go with few leaving much of an impression. Then there comes along a very special someone that after our time with them is spent it leaves us thinking, that person was such an angel! Well, this little article is about a very special lady and her name is Gladys.
It was a typically cold and wintry day my wife and I was called out on a small water damage job where we met Gladys who greeted us at the door with her caring smile and her faithful companion Penny in her arms. It was a real joy getting to know her for the short time we were there.
Gladys is 93 years old and a retired school teacher of 30 years. Marrying at the early age of 20 her husband was soon called off to war just two years later. He fought and sadly was killed in the war never to be reunited with his young bride again. She had lost her only true love in World War II, choosing never to remarry. Gladys then became a school teacher where she served others with her love and kindness for many years. She said being a school teacher came easy to her as she chose to focus on each student’s strong points and help develop them. Every year she still gets over 300+ Christmas cards from her former students.
As we were leaving she impressed my wife Rose and I with one more memorable comment, she said “the only thing that really matters in life is your love that you have for others”. As we look back at our conversation and the idea that this woman has spent her whole life unselfishly helping others it brings a scripture to mind. Hebrews 13:2 - Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. What a joy to work for such a beautiful person.
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