Late this morning I picked up a voice message from my 85-year-old Dad, clearly in distress “Aisling can you call me as soon as you can…” I imagined the worst, I phoned back... “Aisling I am in big, big trouble..” my heart skipped a beat “I’ve lost my wallet..” my heart relaxed a bit (at least he wasn’t dying!).. Somewhere between going to the ATM and SuperValu Dunlaoire and back to his car his wallet had disappeared.
I rang SuperValu the lovely Ken, said he would check the CTV cameras in the store, from around that time. He advised that often less desirable people watch ATM machines, and then follow the elderly and more vulnerable after they’ve made a withdrawal. They then swoop when the victim least expects it. I was not to worry however, maybe the CTV would give us clues.
Late this morning I picked up a voice message from my 85-year-old Dad, clearly in distress “Aisling can you call me as soon as you can…” I imagined the worst, I phoned back... “Aisling I am in big, big trouble..
I rang the junior shepherd in Dublin, she immediately headed to Granddad to see how he was, I was worried because he had sounded very distressed. The junior shepherd rang me back soon after, to reassure me that Granddad wasn’t too bad. As I was chatting to her on the phone, I could hear the doorbell in the house ring, then some commotion and then the great news that someone had returned the missing wallet!
A man with zero English had found the wallet and was returning it. Through gestures it was communicated he was Ukrainian, he had a little boy with him also with no English. Granddad insisted on giving him a reward as a thank you, he was totally stunned and apparently left with tears in his eyes.
So thank you lovely Ken in Super Valu, thank you junior shepherd for responding to my plea, but most of all thank you anonymous Ukrainian man for going out of your way to be kind, your little boy is a lucky one and will no doubt grow up to be a hero like you.