The BoutiqueThere is a lovely little boutique in our local shopping centre that I hadn't visited in a while. I bought my Christmas Day outfit there and the owner couldn't have been more helpful. In fact he selected the top that matched the long skirt I had already chosen. He then asked me to have a look at his display of costume jewellery, which I don't normally wear. He selected a couple of necklaces that he thought would go with my outfit and he was right, it lifted the whole outfit. So I chose one. Came to settling the bill and he covered the price of the necklace, shaking his head. I looked at him quizzically and all he said was:
"Because it's Christmas."
I was so touched because this man is Indian. And so I just had to ask him if he was Hindu, at great risk of insulting him. He smiled, and that was all he said. What a lovely man. And it gets better.
Mum and I were having coffee and muffins the other day when she said she needed to buy a "blingie" top for a "Bollywood" themed function she's going to tomorrow night. So we went over to "The Boutique". They also sell manchester and I needed new tea towels. You can tell who's got the better social life can't you! She received the same first class treatment as I had before Christmas but just couldn't find a suitable top. I asked her if she had explained to him what it was for and she said no. So I did.
To cut a long story short, this wonderful gentleman, who is Indian remember, told her that he would ask his wife to loan her a sari. You could have knocked me over with a feather. But it gets even better!
She called me over this morning to help her choose an outfit from three exquisite saris and two tunic/pantaloons outfits that they have loaned her. She offered to give him a deposit as security which he completely refused outright.
What a beautiful, caring and generous family this is. I'm still in a state of semi shock. How wonderful is this?
The one she chose, which I agreed with, is the most beautiful tunic/pantaloons outfit complete with scarf I have seen. It fits her perfectly, apart from the length which she'll do a temporary fix on, and she looks gorgeous in it.
Talk about faith in mankind being restored. This family has done it all on their own.