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January 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Random acts of kindness

Seattle salmon delivery

I am a Seattleite born and raised, but my job necessitated that we settle in Washington, D.C. My son Matt flew to D.C. to celebrate the New Year with us and bring back some Pacific Northwest salmon — how I miss my regular diet of Northwest Salmon. It was in a styrofoam container which, as he has since found out, cannot be placed on the airplane unprotected. Although he wanted to buy a box, it was early and he was unable to obtain a proper container to put it in.

He didn’t want to throw it out so he looked for someone to give it too (the first act of kindness). He found a nice couple who had just dropped off their son. He approached them, told them the story, and asked if they wanted some salmon.

The lady immediately offered to take it from him and to ship it to my address in D.C. She had, in her possession, three full-size, silver king fillets and several packages of smoked salmon that she could have had for the holidays, but chose instead to “pay it forward” by shipping it to my home in time for New Year’s Day. She would not take any money from my son and there was no return address on the package.

Seattle appears to remain the place I left behind a few years ago. I hope everyone has a chance to read this, especially the couple who were so kind, and get that warm, comfortable feeling that all is not bad in the world.

— Mike Kessler, Falls Church, Va.

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