I was in the Bruin’s Den during Yearly Meeting. I saw an older man walking across campus with a tray filled with a profusion of colorful flowers. Like any good people-watcher, I began to speculate that he must be bringing flowers as decorations for a banquet. He stopped and talked with a woman sitting in the sun. They were looking at the flowers and and I again surmised that must be his wife and they were judging the suitability of these flowers for decorations. Then to my surprise, he turned, came into the building and headed straight for me. “Would you like a flower?” he asked. Never seeing a flower that I could turn down, I joyfully chose a deep burgundy blossom. And I felt an unexpected delight fill my being. He went on to tell me that he brings flowers to the campus nearly every day for staff and students. And then he left me, offering patrons and staff alike a token of God’s joy. I watched him go from place to place until his tray was empty leaving a trail of smiles behind him.
I can’t stop reflecting on Grampa Hebert’s simple yet extraordinary act of kindness that melts the heart and softens our spirits. I felt like Jesus had walked across campus and spoke peace to me…and perhaps he did.
Contributed by Jan Wood, North Seattle Friends