There are many ways thoughtfulness can be demonstrated, but the one I most appreciate is performed regularly by two gentlemen right here in my neighborhood. They walk together in the early morning for exercise and, in the process, pick up my morning paper at the curb and deliver it to my front door. This routine started over a year ago. I used to walk to where the paper lay, then place one foot at the end of the rolled paper and use the tip of my cane to stand it upright, making it possible for me to pick up. Due to the stiffness of my joints, doing this was a slow and painful task, particularly after a hip replacement early this year.
I think these men probably saw me occasionally on their morning walk and took notice of how difficult it was for me to retrieve my paper. The first time I discovered the paper leaning against the front door, I was puzzled. Who would do this and why? It remained a mystery until one day I caught my benefactor in the act. Looking through the glass in the front door, I spotted the paper at the curb. As I started out the door, a man in a hooded sweat shirt appeared, picked up the paper and headed toward the front door. I stepped out and met him midway on the walk. It was a man I knew who lived a few doors down the street.
His partner, I learned, lived a block away in the other direction. They had started providing this service some time ago to people they knew were in need of help. Some of the time they walked together and, depending on circumstances, sometimes individually. The was rarely missed.
The reason I haven’t stated their names is because I know they’re not doing what they do for publicity or recognition. They’re doing it for the satisfaction that comes when thoughtfulness is demonstrated in a way that helps a fellow human being.
So, God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Just keep the paper coming to my front door every day.
Hugh Neeld, Tyler
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the second Meals on Wheels Ministry “Santas for Seniors” gift campaign! Wow! We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and generosity.
This holiday season was especially meaningful for us here at Meals on Wheels, as we had the incredible pleasure of distributing hundreds of gifts to our homebound, elderly clients. I know each and every one of our seniors would want to thank the community for making sure they had a special holiday.
Thank you for each and every warm blanket, the soft robes, cozy slippers and other treats that brought the spirit of Christmas to those in need.”
Zoe Elizabeth Lawhorn, Tyler
Giving Andrew Sedgwick and Nick Malone shout outs in this week’s column that kicks off my look at some old kung fu flicks.
Stewart Smith, Tyler
Good job, Gracie!!
Happy 19th birthday, Kayla Marie! Where has all the time gone? I love you more than you’ll ever know!
Christine Baker Powell
Happy birthday to my wonderful husband, Travis Floyd! I am so thankful you are mine.
Laura G. Ferguson, Tyler
“Chill Out” by Lorri Allen in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 7 was a delightful, humorous, tongue-in-cheek survivalist perspective. Thank you, Lorri Allen!
Shirley M. Jones
Thank you for the amazing service I received from Jordan at Game Stop on Dec. 23.
I called at 10 p.m. and you answered. You said you would set aside something for me and you did!
When I came in the next morning at 8:30, I was greeted by you with the item, and I was out the door in less than 3 minutes on Christmas Eve, and you made Santa look like an amateur. Thank you.
Susan Seaberry Wells, Tyler
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