On the outside, I can be bit of a “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” Don’t tell anyone, but on the inside I’m really an “It’s a Wonderful Life” kind of guy. I’m a sucker for a good story about people behaving like that don’t want to be on the nau-ghty list.
A story about kindness is like a steaming mug of hot chocolate —with just a hint of mint no less. It leaves you with a warm feeling.
That said, read on and drink up. This huge mug of holiday cheer comes courtesy of Betty Bower of Tyler. Merry Christmas.
By Betty Bower
Moms, dads and grandparents always are looking for teachable mo-ments that illustrate a universal truth! So often, they happen at unexpected times. Using those experiences becomes a real gift — at any season of the year!
When Tyler Youth Orchestra musicians performed Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Barnes & Noble Book Store in Tyler, parents handed out coupons allowing a Barnes & Noble contribution to the TYO. (Part of the store’s two-day sales are given to the Tyler Youth Orchestra in return for the student performances at the store.)
A young woman approached me as I handed out coupons and asked if she could just give money instead?
I answered, “Of course” and she handed me a $20 bill.
I asked if she lived in Tyler and would be able to come to the Dec. 8 afternoon TYO concert at the First Presbyterian Church?
She commented that she was in Tyler to visit her mother, who was hospitalized after a car accident several weeks ago. Moments later, she added that her father had not survived the accident. Her mother, a nurse, (her father had been a physician’s assistant), were Sherman residents. The accident occurred near Mineola. The woman added that their family had participated in various music activities and music has a special place in their lives.
That one person’s generosity in a time of stress seemed such a special gesture and certainly in keeping with the Christmas spirit.
As my granddaughter, Bailey Bower, and I talked about this gift, we thought about taking TYO music to the injured mom.
Would Christmas carols by a young Prep Orchestra violinist be acceptable?
On Sunday afternoon, Bailey and I visited Mother Frances Hospital — and found the bandaged and immobile woman with her daughter and two sons. Bailey played Christmas carols for them, and related how much the youth orchestra appreciated the thoughtfulness of the gift — despite all the trauma the family had been through.
Charles Shultz reminds us: “Truly, Christmas is giving a little something extra to someone.”