My first encounter with a celebrity occurred when i was in London while I was in college. My friend and I had purchased discount tickets to see the play Harvey starring Jimmy Stewart.
The play was terrific and so was he. After the play we went out of the theater and to the side door entrance where the actors go in and out. We thought we’d be able to sweet talk our way in and go to Jimmy Stewart’s dressing room. But…no such luck! We stood around outside near the side door. Eventually Jimmy Stewart actually came out, talked to us and signed our programs. He even shook our hands and talked to us for awhile. Oh, he was so very nice. Then his driver pulled up. Magically, the door opened — although no one (that we could see, anyway) was touching the door.
Jimmy looked up from the program he was signing, cocked his head and looked towards the car…”oh, what’s that, Harvey” he paused. cocked his head again and said “oh, you want to go down to the pub for a drink? Well alright then” and then he smiled, nodded and said “thank you so much for coming. My dear friend Harvey and I are off to have a drink now”. We all thanked him, he got in the door, it closed….and off they went.
Utterly charming, and an incredibly clever departure. Sometimes you have an experience that motivates you to be disarmingly kind and considerate. This was one of those moments. You see, we can each be heartwarming and genuinely gracious. I plan to do that the next few days as a sweet little experiment. I plan to be extra sweet and kind ~ as if we lived in the “old days” where men tipped their hats when they saw a lady. When ladies chatted kindly on the porch with the neighbors.
You see, I have a theory. If we start acting as though we live in a kind and considerate time, when people wanted to be kind, welcoming, and considerate ~ and as a rule of thumb did not behave coarsely, or verbally attack….Well, if we act as though this was a kind age, it can become a kind age.
Anyway ~ my plan, as I head about a work day that will be even busier than usual, is to search for ways to be “old fashioned- kind”. Have a lovely day, dear friends.