On April 21, 2008 Grammy-nominated classical violinist Philippe Quint was returning from a concert in Dallas.
Inadvertently, Mr. Quint left a very expensive violin, a Stradivarius, in the back seat of a cab he had taken at the Manhattan Airport.
The Stradivarius violin is one of the world most renowned and expensive.
The one carried by Mr. Quint that day was valued at about 4 million dollars.
A few hours later, Newark police told Mr. Quint that the precious violin had been found.
The taxi driver, Mr. Mohammed Khalil, had taken it home and once he connected with Mr. Quint, the violin was returned.
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Can you imagine how grateful Mr. Quint must have been?
At the time Mr. Khalil returned the violin, Mr. Quint gave him a $100 tip as a thank you. That was all the money Mr. Quint could spare at the time.
Mr. Quint arranged to give the cab driver a mini-concert on the street where he worked. He knew that few, if any, of the cab drivers, who worked very hard, could afford to listen to him at a concert hall.
The Oxford Online Dictionary describes gratitude as “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
Another definition of gratitude is letting others know that what they did for you is important and appreciated.
Baking someone cookies, saying thank you, and giving a hug are all ways to express gratitude. It is an important part of friendships and family life.
Gratitude makes both people feel better about themselves.
Have you ever done something special or nice to someone and they did not thank you for it?
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