A nice moment.
I was leaving my friends Belinda and Susan's, who work for Christian Horizon's, agency Christmas party. I had rolled up to the lobby and was waiting for Joe to go and get the car.
To my left was the 'bell stand' where a young bellman stood chatting to a fellow wearing a lovely dark suit. The bellman was trying to track down why the taxi had not arrived. He kept calling the cab company and hanging up to a busy signal. In between the calls I heard him chatting with the fellow waiting. I couldn't hear the conversation because the man in the suit spoke too softy to hear.
Finally, the bellman said, 'If you want to go back to your party, I'll get you when the cab comes. No sense you waiting out here.' The fellow nodded.
He had Down Syndrome.
And I couldn't tell from the young bellman's manner.
That may not shock you, but it shocks me.
And, that moment following that evening, my friends, comprises the official start to my holiday season.