How many times have you heard someone say they would rather not watch the news at all than to listen to all the bad news?
I know I sometimes flip the channel because I get a little sick at my stomach hearing about all the killings, terrorism and just random bad things that happen to people.
With all the bad news that we hear on a regular basis, it’s always nice to catch a glimpse of some of the goodness of people shared in the media.
The fact that it’s my job at times to compile all this bad news and share with my readers isn’t always fun.
But, that’s not the best part of my job. The best part is sharing the good news.
I love telling stories of triumph, recognition, achievement, change and growth.
I was glad this week when I visited my news sites to see some happy stories, dare I say, some good news about the human spirit, mixed into all the other stuff.
Since the Christmas season all about trying to remember the goodness of others and to bringing more of it out in ourselves, I though would share a couple of the stories that touched my heart this week.
They’re both interesting, appealing and “good” in their own way.
A pair of boots
I first heard about the New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who gave a pair of boots to a homeless man on Facebook.
At first I assumed it was just one of those pictures that my friends like or share that has a short little message with it about how kindness is the way to go.
Sadly, I sometimes skip through those as I’m scrolling through my timeline. This one I did the same with. I had no idea this officer’s act of kindness had reached national headlines.
Apparently, in early November on a “bitterly” cold night, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working counterterrorism duty in Times Square when he spotted a barefooted homeless man.
He made it a point to purchase a pair of boots from a nearby store, which happened to cost approximately $100. A tourist captured his random act of kindness on camera, sent it to the NYPD and it was posted on the department’s Facebook.
I would like to think this act of kindness encouraged some others to consider donating to help the homeless or less fortunate this holiday season. I’ve heard that battling the cold weather is a huge task for the hundreds of homeless men, women and children in our communities. I know there are ways to help.
I’ve gathered my old coats to donate to the Kentucky River Foothills and Boy Scouts coat drive. I ask my readers to clean out their closets and donate as well.
A middle school love letter
I also came across a story this week that left me feeling a little nostalgic, a little jealous and, you guessed it, a little warm and fuzzy.
Every girl dreams of the day the man that she loves asks her to be his wife. I would be lying if I told you I haven’t looked at dream rings, fantasized about my dress or even decided what colors I want.
Although I’m in a relationship, I can’t say I”ll be married to this man or that I’ll even be married anytime in the near future.
I read a story this week about a woman who still had a love letter written to her by a little boy she went to middle school with.
The letter has in big bold handwriting across the top, “DON’T LET ANYONE SEE THIS.” The little boy continues with, ” Dear Cathy, I still like you and I still want you to go with me. I know Brad likes you. Please decide who you’re going to go with. Think hard and let me know your decision. I’ll be standing at the end of this hall and the beginning of the other hall. Meet me there as soon as school’s out and you can tell me. Sincerely, Trevor.”
Cathy said she ended up meeting Trevor in the hallway that day. But their sixth-grade romance didn’t last long.
However, Cathy and Trevor are now married and their ceremony made the national news because the love letter Trevor wrote professing his love to his middle school sweetheart was framed and displayed at the wedding.
After all these years she kept that sweet little letter and I bet it means more to her than any gift he ever gave her.
The whole story reminded me of how innocent love and relationships were when I was in middle school. I remember helping friends write letters to boys that said things like “I love you, do you love me?” and “Check yes if you want to be my boyfriend.”
So innocent, so careless and, these days so funny. It makes me wish things in life were really that simple. Don’t we all? I mean, how nice would it be to say, “If you really like me back, just meet me at the end of the hall and we’ll live happily ever after?” or “Should we be together? Check yes or no.”
I can only wish.
I love that this letter lasted all those years and it was displayed at their wedding. I hope it reminded them of the times when their relationship was simpler. I think we could all use reminders of chidhood. I think that’s the case because those times seem to be synonymous with innocence, happiness and simplicity.
I think childhood also reminds us of when we saw the best in people and believed in the goodness of others.
I think it’s nice every once in awhile to read a news story and be reminded that goodness still exists even though life isn’t as simple as checking yes or no these days.