A Nice Surprise - For Both Of Us (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

It's always nice to meet someone who likes what we do.


My mother loves to do nice things fro other people. That's probably why she worked for decades as a nurse.  It's also probably why everyone who knows her likes her, and why her kids and grand kids are so lucky to have her.

One of the things she does is work as a volunteer at her church.  She's part of the counting crew. They total up the collection basket contents after mass...and the members of the crew have all become friends over the years.  One crew member is a woman named Ann who also happens to be a pretty big follower of 11 News...a really big follower.

Before she even knew my mother was....well, my mother, Ann had mentioned that she liked our team, and in particular, she liked me.  Mom thought that was pretty neat..and I do too!  Here's the "mom doing something nice for someone" part.

Ann just had a birthday luncheon this week and Mom, who certainly has the connections to make it happen, arranged for Ann's favorite news anchor (me) to drop by for a birthday surprise. I had never actually had a chance to meet Ann before.  Mom and the rest of the crew kept the whole thing very secret. I rang the doorbell, Ann was summoned from the dining room to the living room and I was waiting there with some flowers. 

Ann started laughing when she saw me (in a good, "can't believe it" way). We talked for a little while and then I had to leave to go to work and the ladies finished their lunch.  Ann was clearly very pleased with her birthday surprise.  The whole thing was a nice surprise for me too!  I go to work and do my job every day, three shows a day, but sometimes those of us in the news business forget a few things.

We forget that when we do what we do, lots of people are watching.  I know that sounds strange, but we do lose track of the fact that what we do has an impact on a lot of people in the community we all share.  I was pleased to meet Ann, and seeing that she was so pleased to meet me, well it was flattering.  Here's a picture of me and Ann.

I never expect anyone I meet to know who I am, or to care who I am, so when they do I'm always grateful and somewhat humbled.  I'm glad I got to spend some time with Ann, and help her celebrate her big day.  Here we are with the rest of the "counting crew."  Mom is 4th from the front.

I'd say something like..."See you next year."...but I don't want to spoil the surprise!

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward



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