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11.01.2012

the best thing i saw yesterday:

Halloween at the Hospital

Yesterday I walked from Carroll Gardens to midtown Manhattan. It took about 2 1/2 hours. I'm going to do it once more today and then spend the night with a friend in Queens where the F train is in service. You can imagine I saw quite a bit on my sojourn. Walking through a powerless (and relatively empty) lower Manhattan was certainly a sight. But nothing compared to this--this thing that I'm quite certain had nothing to do with the hurricane or its effect. Outside of University Hospital many of the patients lined the sidewalk, candy on their laps, and  children paraded past, gathering goodies from each. What a gift. God, what a gift--for the children, for the patients, for the parents, for me watching from the other side of the street. What lessons learned there in that parade of small children.

It was the loveliest thing I've seen in a good long while. It'll be an image I carry forward for years. A Halloween with more meaning. More. More life. More generosity. The kind of more one is always searching for--right there on Henry Street.

30 comments:

Kristina said...

what a lovely story! good day for all of them! and you too!

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KristyWes said...

Ack, I teared up just reading about it. How sweet and good.

Kayla said...

Best thing I've seen all day. Just when we're jaded and believe people only care about themselves the world chooses to prove otherwise.

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Anacristina said...

this is wonderful, thank you for sharing. it put a smile on my face.

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Kelle said...

beautiful! i know CHOC does something similar in their hospital halls.. such a small gesture that makes such a huge impact on everyone.

Dancing Branflake said...

Thank you for sharing this. I bet many New Yorkers needed to hear this.

Claire Kiefer said...

That is so incredibly sweet. And life-affirming. I don't think there's anything better than when you see people being truly GOOD.

jorjiapeach said...

so beautiful.

Abigail Leigh said...

Brought tears to my eyes :)

P.S. Glad to hear you're weathering the storm alright!!

Rincy said...

This is pure and genuine good. I loved reading this.

Sonja said...

i have shivers.
This is amazing!!!! :o)

Alice said...

This picture almost made me cry. Your writing captured the moment perfectly. x

hannah debbie said...

sometimes tragedies bring out the best in people. This is so heartwarming.

sarah nicole said...

I'm teary! So beautiful.

Diana said...

I agree with everything everyone has already said. Best thing I've heard in a long time. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Mae said...

Warms my heart. Thanks for sharing!

Cassie said...

That is really precious. Warmed my heart, too. :)

Jay said...

what a nice little story to read. we should indeed have more of this!

Margot said...

Thank you so much for sharing this.

Lottie Simm said...

great story--it is things like this that give me hope :)

Jacob Phelps said...

This brought a tear to my eye. Thank you for sharing this, Meg. So beautiful.

Sarah said...

thank you for sharing... as I just donated to the red cross to help, this put a tear in my eye and a smile on my face. This is what life is about, and it's so heartwarming. Thank you again for sharing the good, that comes from the bad.

Andrea Carol said...

I love this. Sometimes hard times show off the very best die of people.

Andrea Carol said...

side***... Wow. Haha!

Amanda Jane Jones said...

so sweet :)

AngelaBeth said...

MEG! My dad works for the government here in CA (we're from NY originally) and he volunteered to go be a part of FEMA to help our home coast. He got his assignment last night and will be in Brooklyn! I hope everyone is nice to the FEMA workers and that they can do all the help they want to. Just thought I'd share since he'll be in your neck of the woods.

meg fee said...

@AngelaBeth: where in Brooklyn will he be?! I can't imagine people won't be nice to the FEMA workers. I'm so warmed by this and so thankful to you and your father. xo

AngelaBeth said...

Meg: I have no idea. I talked to him yesterday and they were just out inspecting damage and answering questions. Today he'll be going door to door with paperwork, I believe. He doesn't have great reception and they're staying on a boat(!) but I'll text him today and ask what blocks they'll be in. If you see the guy on the left, his name is Joe (he used to be a volunteer firefighter and in the National Guard so he's super helpful!) and say hi! http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/483070_404110716323482_307991481_n.jpg I'm going to let him know about your comment - it'll definitely make him smile!

meg fee said...

@AngelaBeth: I'll be keeping my eyes open. My guess if he's in Broooklyn that he might be in Red Hook which is super close to me.

stefanie hurtado said...

god, this is beautiful.


stop making me all teary eyed in public, meg :(