A NICE THING HAPPENED TO ME TODAY
Today I went to see a production of "Wuthering Heights" with Linda my neighbour at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. It was performed by a Queensland Theatre Company called "Shake and Stir", and it was sensational. Dramatic, powerful, dark, passionate - with Heathcliff at his glowering best.
As we were entering the auditorium, I felt a tap on my shoulder from behind, and a voice asked "May I ask you something?" Turning, I said yes. In front of me was a woman of my age, well dressed, and smiling. "Were you at the Elvis Festival in Parkes in January?" I was indeed. Delighted, she said "I knew it!" And dug her elbow into her husband's ribs. "I recognised you straight away! Your hair looks SO beautiful! May I stroke it?" But she already was. "Why don't you wear it down more often? I have only ever seen it in a pony tail! And it's so shiny. And soft!" Her words tumbled out like a waterfall, as she continued to stroke my hair. This woman had beautiful hair herself, an elegant, attractively made up woman, yet I could not recall her at all. "You have such a good memory," I said. "How did you remember me?" She raised her eyebrows in surprise and said "Well, you have an unforgettable face, a striking face. And you danced! Well....... " - here she was lost for words for a couple of seconds, and then burst out "And your hair!"
I was so touched, so moved by this lady. Singled out from a crowded venue from someone I wished I could recall, but could not, and showered with such unabashed generosity. With tears in my eyes, I thanked her, and we exchanged a few words, had a heartfelt hug and went to separate parts of the theatre. I felt amazing.
She has stayed with me, I now know her name is Helen, and her kindness and generosity are a shining light.
Thank you Helen. I'll remember you should we ever meet again.