One Of Them Had To Walk Out With Me

I sat in their house talking to them.  They were visibly upset.  I knew that I was the one who brought worry and frustration to their door.  It’s my job.  Not only did I bring it to their door, I had to bring it in with me, sit it down with me on the couch.

And leave it behind.

We spoke directly about problems and solutions.   We addressed concerns and issues.  And I tried to relieve their anger and frustration.   Because I fully understood it.  I gave encouragement, and thanks, for what they do.  I spoke, but more so, I listened.

All of this led up to the very briefest of exchanges.

We wrapped up our visit together.  We said our goodbyes.  I was escorted to the door.  I thought I was walking out alone.  But one of them had to walk out with me.   I wondered if there was something that needed said in private.   Was there something to be asked.  Or something to be shared.

We stepped out and the door was closed behind us.  Nothing was said.  I commented on the beautiful flowers.  Comments about nothing important were exchanged.  Then-this person reached out and with barely a connection made-had to touch my arm.   Above my elbow.  It was a question, a need, a reach for confirmation.

I smiled.

A smile was returned.

And I saw relief flood a face.

They were okay.

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33 thoughts on “One Of Them Had To Walk Out With Me

  1. Sometimes a smile says more than what’s on the surface.

  2. mewhoami says:

    Good to hear. I’m sure that made leaving much easier.

  3. I think you are perfect for that job Colleen. You have the patience and the skill to listen and keep the contact for real.

  4. Debra says:

    You have such sensitivity to the needs of others. I’m glad you’re there to give reassurance. ox

  5. GP Cox says:

    A simple gesture can mean so much.

  6. You have a difficult job Colleen but you handle it with professionalism, care and concern. You gave that person affirmation that they needed, the smile. A wonderful, beautiful, positive, smile.

  7. niaaeryn says:

    You are compassionate, patient, and above all I love the positive outlook and energy you channel out as a means of mercy, and nurturing too. I am glad you were there for them and wholeheartedly respect what you do. It takes a rare individual. Sounds like lovely flowers too 🙂

    • Thank you Niaaeryn. It was such a brief moment and I’m glad (for myself as well) that I could recognize it.

      And the flowers were stunning. I wish I could tell you what they were…..

  8. NotAPunkRocker says:

    It’s just as much what isn’t said vs. what is when it comes to these situations, right? You have captured the emotions of both sides beautifully, as usual ❤

    • Thank you NAPR. I’ve become very aware of what we don’t say. Looks, and looking away, touching, or the inability to touch-not allowing one’s self that kind of reassurance-it’s all there to pay attention to.

  9. ksbeth says:

    a smile is more powerful than words

  10. Oh Colleen, this is beautiful! ❤
    Diana xo

  11. jmgoyder says:

    This is so moving.

  12. reocochran says:

    That touch and your following through with a smile. . . It reassured and got returned.
    Wow, Colleen!

  13. markbialczak says:

    You are very good at what you do, MBC. Thank you for helping our world.

  14. That gentle reminder of how much you were needed in that moment was a sign of how good you are at what you do. They are lucky to have you Colleen.

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