So, Iâ€™m taking this opportunity to thank one unbidden angel, in particular. He was the director of a local foundation. I met him when his secretary became ill and he needed temporary help. At the time, I was 25 years old, married, with a family. Any dreams of college had been relegated to â€œthe shelfâ€ - out of sight, if not out of mind. I was on contract with the temporary agency and my first assignment was to work for this man.
I still recall the foundationâ€™s spacious penthouse office. The director was a very proper gentleman who came to work promptly each day in an expensive suit, dress shirt and tie. Each morning, I was called into his office where I sat in the straight-backed wooden secretarial chair and took dictation, as he sat behind his large elegant desk. When he finished signing the correspondence, he would sit back in his chair and it was time for discussions. Sometimes, he told me about local politics or we discussed current events. Other times, he told me about the books he was reading. At 12:00 on the dot, I was given the mail to be posted and the office was closed for the day.
At the end of the summer, he announced that his secretary had recovered and would be assuming her old duties. He encouraged me to apply for a secretarial job across the street, in the prestigious trust department of a bank. I was much younger than the other secretaries in the department and Iâ€™m sure his recommendation was key to my getting this plum job.
Iâ€™d been working there for about 8 years when, one morning, out of the blue, I received a phone call from this gentleman. He said he was retiring from the foundation and then â€“ to my amazement - he said, â€œKendra, itâ€™s time for you to go back to college. The foundation will pay your tuition and books. You must make your decision right away.â€
I was shocked. I had not spoken with him for years. Because of this â€œunbidden angelâ€ I was able to go to college and complete my bachelorâ€™s degree. I wish I could tell him today how many times Iâ€™ve thought of him with gratitude, and what a difference he made in my life.
â€œThank youâ€ my unbidden angel. I canâ€™t tell you personally, but when I have opportunities to step up and out for someone else, I think of you. Your gift continues to bless me and others too.