The Pink Ribbon (10/21/13)

A handsome, middle-aged man walked quietly into the café and sat down. Before he ordered, he couldn’t help but notice a group of younger men at the table next to him. It was obvious they were making fun of something about him, and it wasn’t until he remembered he was wearing a small pink ribbon on the lapel of his suit that he became aware of what the joke was all about. The man brushed off the reaction as ignorance, but the smirks began to get to him.

He looked one of the rude men squarely in the eye, placed his hand beneath the ribbon, and asked quizzically, “This?” With that the men all began to laugh out loud. The man he addressed said, as he fought back laughter, “Hey, sorry man, but we were just commenting on how pretty your pink ribbon looks against your blue jacket!” The middle-aged man calmly motioned for the joker to come over to the table and invited him to sit down.
As uncomfortable as he was, the guy obliged, not really sure why. In a soft voice, the middle-aged man said, “I wear this ribbon to bring awareness about breast cancer. My daughter died of breast cancer one month ago. She thought she was too young to have breast cancer, so when she accidentally noticed a small lump, she ignored it. She thought that since it wasn’t painful, it must not be anything to worry about. ”Shaken and ashamed, the now sober stranger said, “Oh, man, I’m so sorry, mister.” “So,in my daughter’s memory, I proudly wear this little ribbon, which allows me the opportunity to enlighten others. Now go home and talk to your wife and your daughters, your mother and your friends. And here.” The middle-aged man reached in his pocket and handed the other man a little pink ribbon. The guy looked at it, slowly raised his head, and asked, “Can ya help me put it on?