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Two Words Make a Difference

After a way grumpy day I returned home from work even grumpier. In my “wonderful” mood I blessed that “great day” by throwing my bike to the corner and repeating some not very nice words
abou the day. When I walked to the front door of the house were I live (an apartment house) our caretaker had hung a piece of paper.

I stopped and read his message, seasonal greetings, “Frohe Weihnachten to all of you”.

I barely know him since I’m never at home when he works at the house to do some repair stuff. I don’t know if he even knows me.

That made me think “how many people in the house really know him?”.

Furthermore, I wondered who would return his greetings, or say thanks for taking care of our needs when a pipline ruptures in the middle of the night or a heater doesn’t work on weekends.

With that thought, I went upstairs to my apartment. I grabbed a Post-it and a pencil, returned back to the front door and wrote, “Frohe Weihnachten and a Happy New Year to you too”.

The simple two words in his seasonal greeting, and the fact that he took the time to do it…no matter whether he knows the people who live at the house or not…changed my mood immensely and I found it a wonderful gift from him.

Frohe Weihnachten and a Happy New Year to all visitors of this site too!

Silke, Munich, Germany

P.S.–Frohe Weihnachten means “Merry Christmas” in German!