The weather (and the world) may be getting colder and colder, but there’s still plenty of warmth and goodness to go around.
A recent practice session for the Rowing Club at the Bishop Vesey Grammar School, near Birmingham, UK, recently took an interesting turn.
The team arrived at the lake near the town of Sutton Coldfield where they hold practices to find something unexpected attached to the fence surrounding the facility: a red rose and a hand-written note asking someone to throw the rose into the water, as the requester has mobility issues.
The message said:
“Please can someone throw this into the lake for me.”
“My late husband’s ashes are in the lake and I can’t get to the lakeside in my wheelchair anymore + gates are locked – have to drive back up north tonight. Thank you x”
The Rowing Club was quick to help the mystery stranger’s request.
After rowing out to the middle of the lake, they floated the rose there. They then uploaded a photo of the rose and the mystery person’s note to Twitter, in hopes of reaching the person who left it.
“No name or number left but whoever you are, rest assured your rose is in place in the middle of the lake.”
The gesture has definitely struck a chord.
Since posting it three days ago, the Rowing Club’s tweet has garnered more than 42,000 retweets and 146,000 likes.
And people all over the world have been posting their thoughts to Twitter about what has struck them as a deeply touching moment—many in hopes that the person who left the note will see that their request was fulfilled.
For others, it was an opportunity to highlight the importance of providing accessibility to the disabled in public spaces.
One thing was for sure: it reminded people that there is still a lot of goodness in the world.
We could all use a reminder of that now and then!