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Thank you

Thank you

We dread the sound of the phone ringing on Wednesday mornings. It's the day the paper comes out and if the phone rings it can be someone with a complaint. Maybe there's been a typo or a mistake or maybe they just disagree with something we've written. Last week I even got a complaint about an article I hadn't written. The caller was annoyed that
a columnist had written about the underlying racism in much of Irish society. Huffing and puffing, the man said that when he had lived in England he had obeyed the laws there, the inference being that immigrants in Ireland don't.
'I'm not a racist,' he said 'but when I see them driving around with two or three cars and getting the dole....' I was too polite, I held my tongue. I should have told him to get lost, and he mistook my silence for agreement. 'I know you agree with me,' he said, so I pointedly told him he didn't know my thoughts at all, delivered the stock answer to all such calls. 'You can send a letter to the editor, if you want.'
So, it was a nice surprise to get a text message from a colleague today telling me that even though I'm on holidays this week, there was 'big bunch of flowers' waiting in the office for me. A teacher in one of the local schools had dropped
them in for me as a 'thank you' for writing an article about their annual music workshop.
It's nice to be appreciated although I certainly don't expect such gifts just for doing my job. And I've made a note to remember to say 'thank you' more often.

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Fay Stout01-Oct-2009 18:32
You go girl! Loved this story!
Keith O'Brien06-Sep-2009 14:56
Dewi Sant, our patron saint said, "gwnewch y pethau bach" - do the little things. Nice story and excellent macro of the rose.
Neal Nye05-Sep-2009 11:47
A lovely image and a fascinating story. People don't seem to like people who are in any way different. So strange, since difference is what makes people interesting.
Betty Vlasiu05-Sep-2009 05:39
Excellent light, colours and details! V
globalgadabout05-Sep-2009 02:13
a rose as rich and full of emotion as the account of your the end both played out beautifully...V
Nora van Beek05-Sep-2009 00:24
A very beautiful rose and heart warming story. ~V~
LynnH05-Sep-2009 00:02
This is a lovely thought! The rose is simple and elegant and your photo is gorgeous. Thank you for posting it! :) V
bluebirdstar04-Sep-2009 23:46
Thank you for the lovely rose and thank you for sharing your thoughts today...V
laine04-Sep-2009 22:07
Good always outweighs the bad....a lovely gesture.
Máire Uí Mhaicín04-Sep-2009 21:30
Saying thank you is always very encouraging and it's even more special when it's done with flowers.
Ann...04-Sep-2009 21:08
How lovely for you!! A beautiful rose.

It is so true that people are much quicker to complain than to say thanks.... shame really!
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