During this last year, a gentleman I became friends with lost his father. It was this loss that turned us into friends and taught me how showing compassion for someone else will be returned to you when you really need it.
I got to know Frank and his father via my dog walks in the Great Kills Seaside Nature Wildlife Park. As I walk my dogs in the park at least twice a day, I ran into Frank and his father on a regular basis and always made it a point to chat with them for a few minutes.
Most of the conversations were your typical social chats, but we did start to get to know each other a bit. What I remember the most about this father and son was how devoted this son was to his father and how much he genuinely cared for his dad. I also remember how painful it became for Frank when his dad started to show obvious signs of dementia and his overall health started to fail.
I didn’t see Frank for a while until one day, he showed up at my front door. He visited me to tell me that his father had passed away just a few days ago and he wanted to let me know this. I invited Frank inside and we talked for a while. Frank was very sad and openly wept as he told me how his father passed.
I felt very sad for Frank as I saw how much pain he was in. As I had gotten to know Frank fairly well, I told him that if he ever needed to talk he should either just come to my home or call me and we could go for a walk in the park.