AAA member Ralph Bolton shared the following story on his Facebook page:
“One evening in Denver at the American Anthropological Association meeting a few days ago, I went out for a quick dinner at the Yard House. When I asked for the check, the waitress told me that someone had already paid it for me. I looked around and didn’t see anyone I knew. Puzzled, I asked her who had paid. She smiled and said it was Anonymous. So, thank you, Anonymous, for your generosity. On the way back to my hotel, I saw some homeless people camped out on the sidewalk, in freezing weather. I think that Anonymous’ kindness was meant for them. The man who received it, touched my hand, in silence. We are meant to pay things forward, every day.”
Do you have a story from AAA 2015? Maybe a colleague bought you a coffee and gave you a great piece of advice, or a stranger simply lent you their pen during a session? No matter how small the act, we’d love to hear your stories about moments at the Meeting that made you pause and reflect on the compassion and comradery that was alive and well in Denver.