A beautiful incident in downtown Suffolk

Published 6:54 pm Saturday, November 19, 2016

To the editor:

Recently, my husband and I enjoyed a late lunch at a restaurant on North Main Street in Suffolk. When we entered, we saw a grandmother and her granddaughter, who appeared to be physically and mentally challenged.

We were seated nearby and, although we could not hear their words, the tone of the conversation was light and lively.

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These folks left the restaurant just ahead of us. When they arrived at the ramp leading to their vehicle, parked in a handicapped spot, the young woman became frightened and she balked at going down the ramp.

Her grandmother tried to calm her and encourage her to go to their car, but the young woman knelt on the sidewalk and simply refused to move.

As we walked to our car, we saw three young men approaching the woman and her grandmother.

I have to admit: My first reaction was to be fearful for these women. Before my husband or I could react, the largest of the men went to the girl kneeling on the sidewalk and gently began to lift her and guide her to her seat in the car. The other young men were close, ready to help, if needed.

I can only say that it was a beautiful event to see.

At a time when we seem to focus on things that are less than pretty, I believe it is important to look for and enjoy the good that’s all around us.

Molly Lundie