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posted: 8/13/2011 4:00 AM

Thanks for kindness to a stranger

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I come to the Northwest suburbs one to two weeks a month on business. I have to use two canes to walk.

I have been surprised and pleased at the way total strangers treat me. I drop one of my canes and someone picks it up. I go to a self-serve restaurant and the person waiting on me carries my tray to a table. I go to the Laundromat and a woman comes and gives me a cart in which to put my clothes. I go to a drugstore and the clerk waiting on me carries my items out to the car.

All around I have these small but important, at least to me, happenings that make my work here more enjoyable.

With all the bad things that we hear and read about, it is nice to know that strangers are willing to help another stranger.

All I can say to the residents of the Northwest suburbs is: Thank you!

Bob Riker

Wildwood, Fla.