One-Liner Wednesday – Thank You

Last week, after we returned from my mother’s funeral in Pittsburgh, PA, I decided that today’s One-Liner Wednesday was going to be a “thank you” one-liner. We had encountered so many caring and supportive people; family, friends, friends of my mom and total strangers, that it seemed appropriate. Some of those people will be featured in future posts, who knows when – but they all need to be thanked.

Of course, later last week, Linda announced the contest for the new One-Liner Wednesday badge. I had been waiting for that announcement since last September, when I snapped the pictures of those birds. I submitted, you liked, you voted and I won. So, once again, “Thank You!” seems to be a good thing to be saying.

Thank You So Much!

As for the one-liner, I’m going to go pick on one of those total strangers. After the funeral, Faith and I were driving back to CT. My brother, his daughter and her husband were driving back to Iowa. None of us wanted to drive in our Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes. When we asked at the desk if we could have a late checkout for one of the three rooms, we didn’t even know when we would be back. Without hesitation, the clerk said:

“Pick a room. We’ll keep it open for you. Don’t worry about the time.”

I thanked her. I could try to thank everyone, but I think Natalie Merchant does it better.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. You can follow this link to see the one-liners from the other participants.


    1. Thanks Judy. They treated us so well that weekend. Even the woman I spoke to when I was making the reservations – she was so accommodating; we didn’t know, at first, what day we would arrive. She booked three rooms that were near each other and let it float with our plans. Simple stuff, but nothing they had to do, and it made it so easy for us.


  1. Beautiful, Dan. Rarely does a day pass that I’m not touched by someone’s kindness. And, the simplest comment can be the heart-opener. :)

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  2. Congratulations on your win, Dan. Nicely done! :)

    We so often hear the stories of people behaving badly. It’s nice as a counterbalance to read stories about kindness and caring, especially in those times when it really matters. I’m glad the world around you stepped up for you and your family. Even those little things can mean a lot.

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  3. All the badge entries were good ‘uns, but I truly did like yours best. Congratulations on the win over stiff competition! I’m so glad you met such kind, caring people when you needed caring most. The number of decent people far exceeds the number of uncaring or malicious people. That’s why bad behavior is news.

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  4. Dan, I’m so sorry! I didn’t know, and I’m glad you found some people in the hospitality biz who actually know what the word means. A blessing on their heads, as was sung in Fiddler on the Roof — and on yours, Faith’s, and your family’s too.

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  5. This is the first I’ve heard of the loss of your mother. I’m so sorry, Dan.
    It’s wonderful that you encountered many kind people in your travels. Comforting.
    Considering all the anticipation on your part, I’m glad you won the badge contest. Shhh! Don’t tell the others I said that. ;)

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    1. Thanks Linda – this can be our little secret ;-) Not knowing what to expect while trying to make somewhat complex arrangements, and finding people stepping up and just being willing to help, made us all feel better.


  6. Oh, my, I didn’t know, either. My condolences on your loss, and my congratulations on your win. Life can be crazy, can’t it, but indeed, thank God for those souls who remind us what it’s all about.

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  7. So, so sorry to learn about your mom, Dan. But I’m glad that the people you came in contact with were kind, and hopefully made a terrible situation in some small way a little easier. On the brighter side of life, congrats on your badge design win!

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        1. The :) works. I didn’t know until last year that she liked Scooby Doo. She had the blanket, a scarf and character magnets holding notes up on her fridge. No one seems to know when she came to like the cartoon. I never watched it as a child.

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    1. Thanks Teagan. I’ve always had good luck with these hotels (Marriott) but a lot of people fall back on “the book” or “our procedure” or some other way of charging you for the convenience. This was very much appreciated.

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  8. “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” There really are lots of kind people in the world. We just always here about the unkind or evil ones. Goodness all too rarely gets headlines. Thank you for taking the time to highlight a few.


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    1. Thanks Deborah. The woman was so nice, and it felt so good to have one part of a hectic day removed from our concern. Thanks for the congrats. I am happy to supply the badge for a year. Linda does such a good job with these prompts, and I really enjoy this one.

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  9. Congrats on the win…well deserved!! Glad you shared “the kindness of strangers”….I like to think that the majority of us deep down would go above and beyond for strangers when needed!! And on that positive note…have a great rest of your week!! (good luck with your hearing!!)

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    1. Thanks Kirt. I think you’re right. I think the people who have commented that maybe meanness is rare and that’s why it’s in the news, are right. I certainly hope so. Have a great week and a nice holiday weekend.

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  10. It’s good to know all went well there and yes, thoughtful and nice people are out there and often they are not being mentioned enough. Good to know they are around to be supportive for you and your family. By the way, congrats on the win too!

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  11. Random acts of kindness are the best. First of all, I am so sorry because I must have missed one of your post about your mom. I have been trying to spend less time online. And I am sorry. I met your blog through a mention to your heritage and your mom was part of this old blog post. So please accept my belated condolences.
    And of course, bravo for the win. Well done and well deserved too.

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  12. Love kindness of strangers and the song was really pretty by Natalie Merchant. Hope all is going well and hope not too much sadness for a blessed life well lived. Peace to you and your family, Dan.

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      1. Good, just unpacking car and waiting on oldest daughter to pick up Micah. We had a very nice weekend, too. Felicia came up and later whispered a little wistfully, “Gram’s looking old.” One never knows. . . ❤

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