12.25.2008

Peace on Earth, Good Will towards Men

The snowfall in Portland this past week had me taking the bus to and from work every day. On one of the coldest, windiest, snow drivingest days of them all, I boarded the bus a stop before a thin older man got on. He was dressed in ragged clothes too thin to keep him warm, and was talking to himself and rocking back and forth. He sat down across from a well-dressed man who kept an eye on the thin man for the entirety of his ride. Just before the bus reached his stop, the well-dressed man stood up and handed the thin man his gloves - his hi-tech, expensive-looking gloves. The thin man looked up and asked, "For Christmas?" "Yes, Merry Christmas," said the well-dressed man as he exited the bus.
I hope this Christmas that your hands and hearts are warm, and that each of us spreads that warmth to those around us. Merry Christmas, friends.

19 comments:

Nadia said...

Merry Xmas to you too!

Maryanne said...

That is what it is all about... thanks for sharing. I miss you-

Chickenbells said...

What a beautiful story.

I hope that you have a magical Christmas as well...

ambika said...

Oh these are the kind of stories I love. Merry Christmas to you.

andrea (scout) said...

i love this. and i love that this is the last story i will hear before i head off to sleep. thanks for sharing it, susan. i hope you and barry had a wonderful christmas. (it was white after all!) lots of love to you both...

lazykitty said...

Hi Susan,
Your simple story really touched me... A great reminder about how Christmas is really about giving & sharing... not only to loved ones but to all who needs it... U mind it I share this story on my blog?

holly said...

Merry Christmas, Suz! That beautiful Christmas story brought a tear to my eye - a great reminder of how to treat people.

abby (too lazy to type url) but you know... said...

This has been an exhausting week, but I really feel like the snow brought out the best in people. Portlanders are nice!!
Thanks for sharing this sweetness.
I loved your gingerbread the other day, thank you. Anyway, I hope you and Barry had a great Christmas and are able to rest and play today :)

Carolyn said...

dang dude you just brought tears to my eyes. that's so sweet.

lazykitty said...

thanks for sharing, Susan :)

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

This is the time of year I am usually picking up blankets at the thift stores + giving them to the homeless, of which there are many in my town.

What a lovely story.

amandajean said...

that's a wonderful story. it's good to hear and see that there is still some good will around. (and my neighbor shoveled my driveway the other day, so i know how wonderful it is to be on the receiving end of that good will too.)

hope your christmas was merry!

Julie Alvarez said...

I found you through Abby. Hello.
Thank you for sharing this. I love people doing this kind of thing, and also people noticing it. It makes me believe in a better world.
Have a happy new year.

Veronica TM said...

that story warmed my heart. thank you for sharing it!

Knitsonya said...

A belated Merry Christmas to you Susan!

pricklypearbloom said...

Wow, that's a fantastic story, thanks for sharing it. Merry Christmas!

beki said...

Wow, what an event to witness. Hearing about things like this makes me smile. Merry Christmas to you :)

house on hill road said...

this warms my heart to no end. merry christmas a bit late. happy new year, too!

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