I sent one of my trainers out today to do high reach training for a guy from another department, and it was sort of a cluster**** getting things organized and getting these two guys to the same place at the same time. When the trainer got back, he stopped in my office and told me that this training was like a "call from God," which was good...I thought he was going to give me a hard time because of the lousy communication.
He went on to tell me that his dad had passed away 10 years ago, and even before that they weren't close. Divorce, etc. etc. But the guy that I sent him out to train works in the department his dad used to work in, and had worked with his dad for many years. My trainer got to hear some old war stories about his dad, and got the other guy's phone number. He hopes they can get together for a beer so he can hear more.
Even people with great relationships with their parents rarely get to see them outside of the parent role. For him to have the chance to get to know his dad from a completely different perspective, it's really a gift. And he knows how lucky he was to have that chance meeting today, which makes it even more special.