DANNY DE HEK Entrepreneur Decision Maker Connector Podcaster Educator

Oh boy, have I got a story for you! I was supposed to be working, but I decided to take a stroll through Northlands Shopping Centre, and that’s when I spotted her: a classy and stylish older lady in the middle of the arcade with a walking stick. I didn’t ask her age, but let’s just say she was up there. Our eyes met, and she signaled for me to come over. Well, being the gentleman that I am, I obliged.

As it turned out, this lovely lady had lost her sense of direction and needed my help. She was on a mission to get to Ticketek to buy two tickets to see Swan Lake by the Imperial Russian Ballet Company. She hadn’t seen the ballet since she was eight years old and was determined to relive the experience. I suggested that she could buy the tickets online, but she scoffed and said, “Oh, I don’t do all that.”

So there I was, arm in arm with this charming old dame, walking her to the Ticketek stand. She kept telling me how lovely it was and thanking me profusely. I felt like we were on a date! The Ticketek ladies were also trying to figure out what was going on, but I just told them that I picked her up in the arcade. The whole situation was hilarious, and I couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that I was essentially a toyboy!

After she got her tickets, I walked her back to her car. On the way, I asked her what she did for a living when she was working. She told me she used to own a textile company with a whole factory of machinery and a staff of people working for her. She even shared some juicy details about the trials and tribulations of running a cutthroat business like that. It was like getting insider information from a wise old sage.

In the end, I left her with a smile on my face and a great story to tell. So, the moral of the story is this: the next time you’re aimlessly wandering around a shopping mall, keep an eye out for the elderly and lend them a hand. Not only is it rewarding, but you might also end up feeling like a real-life toyboy!

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