March 30, 2015
ISSUE | RANDOM ACTS Kind stranger in rain Philadelphia was truly the city of brotherly love last week. My wife, 88, and I, 94, were walking to a medical appointment on 10th Street near Walnut when it began to rain. A young woman saw us and gave my wife her own umbrella, saying, "You better take this. " My wife and I were shocked at such consideration from a stranger. When my wife demurred, the woman said that she could always replace the umbrella. We may never see this kind soul again, but we hope she sees this message of gratitude.
July 18, 2007 |
When two ribs of my favorite umbrella bent, I remembered there had been a little tag on it that read "lifetime warranty. " Even better, for once in my life I knew where to find the guarantee. I hadn't actually read the small print, but I hadn't read my car warranty either and every time I had a problem, the dealer fixed it. So I took the umbrella back to the store, thinking they'd replace it. I should have remembered that, unlike people, not all guarantees are created equal. While an umbrella isn't a major investment like a car, I buy a lot more umbrellas than I do cars.