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A Lunch with a Gift.

I had lunch with a homeless man.

But not just any man. An elderly man, a former high school teacher…and a former patient of mine from a charity clinic where I used to work.

It happened as I was driving through downtown, stopped at a light beneath an overpass. Suddenly, I heard a familiar voice. 

“Hi Doc!”

Since we were both hungry, we did the natural thing: we went for lunch at a nearby cafe. Despite intrigued glances from others, we had a lovely lunch. Looking back, it may have been one of the most enjoyable lunches I’ve ever had.

A few days later, I was contacted by the clinic who informed me that I had received a letter from a patient. And here I will share it with you—in a form put into verse by me but which maintains its original wording:

Dear doc, you have been so kind to me.
Why, you even took me to lunch.
I wish I could give you something in return,
but I know I don’t have much.

So I write these simple words to you
in hope that on those days
that they’ll make you smile and give you strength
and peace in many ways.

You are a doctor to many,
but an angel you have been to me,
who encouraged, cared, and healed my pain,
and a light you made me see. 

I am sad that you are no longer my doc
but am glad that you are my friend.
And I hope we can keep in touch
until the very end. 

So why did I share this? Because I was “challenged” by Liz to give a gift to someone. But now I realize—I don’t think I succeeded in giving anything to anyone.

Rather, the gift was given to me



103 replies »

  1. This tugs at the heartstrings. Again, your beautiful writing transported me to a world of emotions. T_T

    He sounds like a very sweet man, and I love the letter he gave you. I most especially love the conclusion to your story.

    I’m so happy you participated! You have an exceptional way of sharing experiences… <3

    • Well dear Liz…thank YOU for asking me to! Just your doing that made me much more aware of the little things I did everyday…and I think it is wonderful. Thank you for being an inspiration. 🙂

  2. This was beautiful. I believe it’s true what you said at the end, about how you were the one who received the gift. Sometimes, in life, it seems we are given things without even realizing it at the current moment. Thank you so much for sharing!

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