Gloria Porter lived in Pennsylvania and she had to stay for a week at Excela Frick Hospital. She would pass time in her third-floor room by watching steel and ironworkers construct the front of the hospital.
Gloria was a bit concerned about the safety of the workers. But it was ironworker Jeff Reick who was concerned for the woman he had been watching.
“This one guy looked over at us and waved, so we waved back,” Gloria said. “I looked down on the beam and he had written, ‘Get well.’”
Gloria was stunned at the thoughtfulness of the simple message. She had been looking out for the workers, but little did she know that they had been thinking about her, too.
“I saw the lady at the window looking out. I thought it would be a kind gesture just to tell her to get well,” Jeff said. “I didn’t think much of it. I just tried to make someone feel a little better.”
However, it was Gloria’s response that really hit Jeff hard. The message was simple, but it was as though she had chosen exactly the right words. She scribbled on a piece of paper “Stay Safe.”
“That sign kind of crushed me. I don’t know how she knew ‘Stay safe,’” Jeff said. “It’s kind of like ironworker lingo to stay safe. When I saw ‘Stay safe,’ in the window, I kind of snapped my head around and said [to my coworkers], ‘Did you see that?’”
The next day the ironworkers received an envelope from a man. It seems that the lady had sent lunch money for all of them. Looking at this the ironworkers were filled with gratitude.
Many a time we forget that putting a smile on one’s face is the best gift anybody could get. Our world is so filled with hate and other negative feelings that it feels great to see the light through a dark tunnel.