The kindness of a stranger can make the difference between a totally rotten day and a tolerable one with pleasant overtones… A “Plum” Day.
This morning after mowing the lawn, I was fixing or breaking my edger (depending on whether you consider my intentions or the results) when my phone rang. Danae was driving to Charlotte from Orlando, FL after a week of Music Therapy training. When she got to Savannah, GA (well… almost) she stopped for a bite to eat. When she exited I-95 the engine cut off and wouldn’t restart. Google and I helped her find a place that would look at it today. She was towed in and the news was not hopeful. It looks like the timing belt broke, which could be very expensive to fix.
I drove from Charlotte to get her and bring her to our house where her baby girl and dogs were waiting… in fact we are on the road as I type this (Danae is driving). I was very concerned about where she would be for the 4.5 hours it would take me to drive to her.
When the repair shop closed, she walked down the street to a little sandwich shop and made herself at home. She didn’t know what to expect. It was, after all, a local place hidden in the back of a little shopping center. What she found was a gracious store manager named Michael who treated her like royalty all afternoon.
On my way down, I-26 (or as Danae says, “I-twenty-sux) was a parking lot. I took a longer route around the traffic, which was faster than sitting in it, but slower than I anticipated. It was clear that I was not going to make it before the restaurant closed at 7:00.
Michael told her not to worry. Even if he had to close the restaurant for the evening, he would let Danae stay there until I arrived. When I got there around 7:20, Danae was safe and sound and full of terrific stories from her adventure at Plums Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop. Michael was a wonderful host who gave my daughter a safe and pleasant experience in the midst of a pretty horrible day.
I have three little requests for you to consider…
First: I would like to overwhelm Plums Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop with Facebook Fans. If you are thankful and/or impressed with what they did for Danae, would you go to their page (click here) and click the button to join them? They had 92 members before me. Wouldn’t it be cool for their kindness to be the start of a wave of positive attention and new customers for them? Let’s do it!
Second: Would you share this story with your friends and ask them to become a fan of Plums?
Lastly: If you find yourself traveling south of Savannah in the area called Richmond Hill, please get off I-95 at exit 87, head East on Hwy 17 for a little over a mile. They are hidden in the shopping center right behind the Verizon store on your right. Stop in for a sandwich or the best blueberry cheesecake ice cream you ever had. Tell Michael, “Thanks for watching over Danae and making her day a Plum day.”
See also A Plum Ending