A very special honeymoon

When my husband and I got married, we decided to take our honeymoon to Hawaii, but do a stopover in L.A so we could spend shabbos there. Having never been there before, I was excited to do all the touristy Los Angelos things like the Grove, Jeff’s sausages, and Malibu. As soon as we got off the plane and checked into our hotel, my husband and I headed to the famed Grove to relax and walk around. Apparently, while there, Daniella spotted me and ran over to say hi. She heard I was eating by her friend’s house for shabbos lunch and she wanted me to know that she was going to make an effort to be there and that she felt so bad for missing my wedding because of Stern finals.  She just seemed so happy to see me. We weren’t technically close, but she just made you feel that at that moment, you were her best friend. She sat with me, talking for about ten to fifteen minutes until I got around to asking what brought her to the Grove. She said she was on her way to get her hair and makeup done for a wedding she was attending that night. I asked, “aren’t you in a rush?” and she said with her radiant smile, “only a little, but I wanted to chat with you first because you just got off a plane!” To me, this small little story shows how she truly valued everyone over herself. She was willing to put aside a few minutes of her own precious time to make sure I felt welcome. Daniella was always someone who went above and beyond others, a trait that always inspired me and continues to do so till today.

 

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