The Edition Edition Radio One CBC asked listeners to share their stories of kindness by strangers. Annemarie Kaan's story is the third in a flying WBQ series from December 10 to 14 for those kind moments.
I met you on a plane 17 years ago, just as I started moving to Vancouver from Australia.
I had farewell to all the family at the Sydney airport. The last thing I saw was my dad; His face seemed to show how distressing it was I left.
As I reached the plane, I felt quite fragile about the whole thing.
Of course, I was excited – I'm a nurse and I love skiing, so when I came to work at Ysbyty St. Paul up, I caught him – but I also had a lot of excitement.
You worked as a flight assistant on that Air Canada plane and ended up giving me a cup of tea. We started talking about moving to Canada.
I did not know anyone where I was going so I felt pretty lonely and worried about how everything was going away.
I think you have a fairly clear image of how I felt and continue to check with me along the plane.
As we contacted Vancouver, you came to me and told me:
"You know, it'll be fine in Canada, but if you ever feel you need help or want to lunch with someone, this is my parents' telephone number. They live in Vancouver and if you're just feeling, call them and they'll still have a meal. "
It was such a beautiful offer and she hid her away.
There was no further incentive – you did not ask me to go out on a date or anything similar – I was only concerned with a pure act of kindness.
It's a moment that has coped with me through these years. Sixteen years later, I still think about it.
I never finished following the motion, I was a bit crowded when I first arrived in Vancouver and was swept in my life.
But I sometimes want that number and have a call to their parents.
I really wrote to Air Canada to try to find you but I just returned a generic form letter.
The kindness that you showed me that day had a lasting effect.
I've taken a page out of my book and I try to show small acts of courtesy every day – I can only try to smile someone or offer them a cup of tea. It can make a difference of this type.
Thank you for learning me that lesson of life because he has done me well over the years.
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