A little BG first:
My daughter is in her early 30's. She went through some really rough years that involved drug use, homelessness, some very unhealthy and dangerous lifestyle choices, the loss of custody of her children, among other things. Three and a half years ago, she woke up, went through rehab, and has remained clean and sober, and regained custody of her youngest child (the others are with family and she has contact with all of them), has her own place, a stable albeit low paying job, and her own transportation. To put it lightly, I am very proud of her, but something she did this week really made me even more proud to be her Mom.
At her job is an employee who is in his 40's and slightly developmentally delayed. He was having a really hard time operating the cash register, and was slow at doing other tasks. The company IS going to terminate him, but in talking to him, she discovered that he has problems operating the cash register because he cannot see. He has no insurance and cannot afford to get glasses. She is getting her income tax refund soon, and has arranged to take him to get an eye exam and is going to pay for him to get a pair of glasses. She said that he will probably still be terminated at the job, but knowing he can see will make her more at ease because now he may be able to find himself a better job. Her thoughtfulness and compassion for her coworker makes my heart burst with pride. I guess all those years I wondered where I had gone wrong raising her are erased now, because I KNOW that I must have done SOMETHING right!!!