Sunday, July 28, 2013

Samaritan Sunday (July 28, 2013)

[If you should choose to adopt this prompt to contribute stories of folks who have gone out of their way to lend genealogy-related assistance to others, I would greatly appreciate a mention to Filiopietism Prism whenever you do so.  Thank you!  And please do use the same photograph below to illustrate the prompt.  ;-) ]

There clearly is no multigenerational quota on benefitting from the actions of Good Samaritans -- as Shalu Sharma can testify!

This story has been described as “the mother, daughter and grandmother of all lost-and-found stories.”  Here is why . . .

Shalu Sharma's grandmother bought a gold ring in India many years ago.  The gold ring also had three large diamonds surrounded by a total of 28 smaller diamonds arranged in a horseshoe around the principal gems.  It was bought as a precious possession with the intent that it would become a family heirloom and be handed down to an eldest daughter one day.  It almost did not happen . . .

Shalu Sharma's mother did receive the precious ring as a gift from her mother years later.  She also intended to gift it to her daughter when the time came, but it almost did not happen . . .

Shalu eventually received the heirloom ring from her mother when Shalu was in her 20s.  For the last twenty years Shalu, who is about 36 now, has lived in the United States.  She completed a master's degree at New York University recently, but she was finding it difficult to find a job and had decided she was done with New York and was about ready to return to India.  Then, in early March 2012, came the straw that broke the camel's back -- Shalu lost her family heirloom ring!

Enter Dawn Henning, the daughter of Joni Henning of Milford, Connecticut.  Dawn had little idea as she walked down the the sidewalk on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in March 2012 that she was about to join a line of three generations of Good Samaritans.  Dawn looked at something glittering from the sidewalk and bent down to find a stunning diamond ring -- Shalu Sharma's family heirloom ring!  

What happened next?  Well, it was the third generation of Good Samaritan moments that clearly have surrounded and protected this precious family heirloom!  You should go here to read the full story, see a photo of the ring and see Shalu Sharma and Joni Henning during the return of the ring.    

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Photograph of the The Good Samaritan sculpture by Francois-Leon Sicard (1862 - 1934).  The sculpture is located in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, France.  The photograph is by Marie-Lan Nguyen and has been placed in the public domain by her. See,
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Copyright 2013, John D. Tew
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