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Originally published Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 5:48 AM

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In praise of the kindness of hospital staff and food vendors

Seattle Times staff rave about kind hospital staff and generous food vendors, and rant about speeding school-bus drivers and rude Metro riders.

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RAVE To the staff of the Virginia Mason Critical Care Unit who cared so dearly for our father and, recognizing that he likely wouldn’t make it to our upcoming wedding, honored him by arranging for a chaplain, flowers and cake for the wedding, providing a happy moment in the midst of suffering and an opportunity for a father to see his daughter get married. He passed the next day and the kindness of those who made this all happen will forever be with us.

RANT To folks who take the toys in the toy box at Marina Park in Edmonds that was built by a Girl Scout troop and filled with toys for your kids to enjoy while playing on the beach. What don’t you understand about returning them to the box as requested so other children can enjoy them? Returning them would be a good lesson in sharing for your children. Let’s get this box filled again for summer fun.

RAVE To the owner of the pizza truck who was so kind when I stopped by one evening after several long days sitting with my husband in the hospital and not having eaten all day. He suggested a half pizza and I agreed. When it was ready, he handed me two boxes — a whole pizza and a fresh salad for the price of the half pizza, saying I could save the rest for other meals. His concern and compassion was even better than the outstanding food.

RANT To the Seattle school bus driver I saw speeding through the red light at 40 MPH or more. Shame on you. You’re responsible for transporting our precious children safely. Maybe you need to get a different job.

RAVE To the woman from the UW Paws on Science exhibit at the Pacific Science Center who told my daughter she seemed like a natural scientist, that sticking with math would pay off in the future, and asked my daughter to take over for her as a woman in science so she could retire one day — you have no idea what a positive impact you made. Thank you!

RANT AND RAVE Rant to the men who ride Metro who don’t offer to give up their seat on the bus to an elderly person, a pregnant woman, or someone who should visibly be given a seat. It’s hard to imagine that you were never taught to do this by your parents, but you’re old enough to know better. A huge rave to women who give up their seat to those who look like they need to sit down.

The Seattle Times publishes reader rants and raves on a space-available basis. We reserve the right to edit for length or content. Send yours to rantandrave@seattletimes.com,

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