Have you ever been rescued from something or someone? I have. It was such a great feeling. I had been waiting tables in a resort town in Upstate New York, and one of my customers was so incredibly rude that I went and told my fiesty Italian boss, Freddie, proprietor of said establishment, that I would not serve the man. Freddie then did something I would never have expected an owner of a well established business to do. He went out into the dining area filled with week-end customers, most of whom were out-of-towners (the bread and butter of the business, so to speak), and he approached the aforementioned customer, seated squarely in the center of the dining area, and told him without missing a beat nor mincing words, to get the ‘expletive’ (had he more time available to him I am certain he would have thought of a more appropriate term) out of his restaurant.
A resounding applause erupted from everyone else in the dining area including some who felt it only appropriate to give Freddie a standing ovation. Needless to say, if this sort of thing had happened today it would have gone viral on YouTube, and poor Freddie would most likely have been sued for emotional damages. But, back in the day, we didn’t have to worry about such things.
From that day forward it was hard for me to think of Freddie ‘sans’ super hero cape. What a feeling of confidence that gave me! Knowing that someone had my back, so to speak, put an extra spring in my step.
I think there are a lot of Freddies (some with a more extensive vocabulary than others) out there to save a damsel in distress, or to counter less considerate people who cannot seem to see beyond the reach of their own fingertips or both. So, if you need help with something, don’t be afraid to reach out to the Freddies in your life, whether a family member, friend or someone whose posts you like to read in cyberspace. Heck, lately I’ve been driving some of my Freddies whacky (sorry technical crew at Go Daddy’s – where would I be without you?) Perhaps you are a ‘Freddie’ and never pass up an opportunity to help someone. Thank you for that! As Mother Teresa of Calcutta would say, and I paraphrase, ‘… after all it isn’t between you and them … anyway’.
Photo -Millais’ Rescue curtesy of Wikimedia Commons