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Christine Wheelock: Gesture lights up Easter Sunday

To the editor:

It was just another Sunday morning as I arrived at 6:45 a.m. at the local diner in Florence where I have worked for five years. I was tired and exhausted as I usually am on Sundays as it is my second job and I work seven days a week. But this Sunday, I was particularly feeling extra sorry for myself because it was Easter Sunday and my family had just lost another loved one, so there was no celebrating this year for the first time ever, and I knew after I finished my shift at work I would be alone.

After waiting on customers for about three hours, the other waitresses and I noticed an older man digging through a large trash bag for something to eat as we peered out the front window of the diner to the empty lot across the street. What we didn’t notice at the time was our owner and boss of the diner (John Zantouliadis) was also watching this gentleman from the other end of the diner.

After staring at this man for a few minutes, the waitresses and I went about our business waiting on tables, and then something amazing happened. We saw our boss walking across the street towards the parking lot with a big bag of breakfast food and a large cup of orange juice.

We all continued to stare, as did several patrons in the diner as he handed the bag to this man, sat down beside him and then continued to talk with him for several minutes. Honestly, there were several tears among us waitresses, as well as many of the patrons, as we all watched this beautiful gesture on Easter Day.

Not only did I stop feeling sorry for myself that day, but I also left work with a huge smile feeling so proud to be working for a wonderful, kind-hearted man like John.

Christine Wheelock


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