I had to go to an appointment that required a lot of time and paperwork. They only had Fri afternoon available, but I told them that I couldn’t come so late in the day. I could come early in the morning. They agreed and set the appointment. Pre-chatzos, that would not have even crossed my mind.
I showed up a few minutes early, and they seemed to be short staffed, and overbooked. I waited patiently knowing that almost everything was ready for Shabbos anyway. After a very, very, long wait they took me.
I kindly and softly asked why they were comfortable letting me wait so long, and they said, but you’re booked for after 1 p.m. I told them they changed the appointment, and besides I’m an observant Jew who keeps Shabbos and wouldn’t be able to come out so late (knowing it could be an hour wait anyway).
The woman stopped looking at her computer and said “First of all I want to thank you for speaking to me so nicely. No one speaks to me the way you just did. Secondly, you keep your Sabbath? That is so wonderful to hear. I almost thought the Jews were extinct. You spoke so kindly to me, and I respect you for your beliefs and that you keep your Sabbath. You probably need to get home to get things ready, I’ll take good care of you, don’t worry”. I was about to tell her that we’re a Chatzos home, and that everything is almost done, but chose not to–there were lots of other people waiting. The kiddush Hashem was great, and I was able to be there at that time to make that Kiddush Hashem because of Chatzos. It’s amazing where Chatzos can take you.