Cumberland Times-News

Letters

December 11, 2013

One small gesture helps bring back the spirit of Christmas

It's Christmas — this year I have been particularly disenchanted with it — everything has been on hyperspeed to meet all the deadlines, etc., the economy, just a boatload of extra anxiety plus missing my mother, who passed this year — the Christmas spirit just wasn't in me — until yesterday!

I had a rather busy day and had to run a quick errand and stop at the Dollar Store for a mop and floor cleaning solution.

I was disheveled, I am sure and, I had little time to get back to my business — so I grabbed the items and got in line — the clerk rang my purchases up and I started digging for my debit card ... I am sure I looked like a befuddled ninny when I couldn't find it in my purse!

So, I said to the clerk, “I can't find my card, so I am just going to leave this here and go find it,” and headed for the door.

Much to my surprise, I heard, “Ma’am, Ma’am come here,” at which time the lady behind me in line said: “Your purchase is paid, for please take it.”

I said, “Oh, I don't need” ... and then I realized that she was giving me such a precious gift that it would not be polite not to hug her and thank her for her kindness.

You see, there IS still kindness in the world. l definitely needed that!!

So, lady behind me in line, thank you for the wonderful reminder that Christmas is for giving. You gave me so much more than you ever know. I shed a few tears when I got to my car thinking about how sweet that was!

I support many different local charities — always working for one cause or the other, but this was a reminder of how others feel when given a gift of kindness. It wasn't the “thing,” it was the kindness!

Thank you! Merry Christmas!

Debbie Grimm

Cumberland

1
Text Only
Letters
  • President and Obamacare: Who needs Congress?

    Being a fellow from a small town like Cumberland I don’t always really understand what’s going on in Washington. But I have watched a few houses being built over the years. I even helped some with one house, but my brother fired me from that work pretty quickly, mainly because it was his house being built.

    April 22, 2014

  • Sweet Success Business Forum this evening in Frostburg

    As a member of the Frostburg Business and Professional Association (FBPA), I am pleased to inform the community of the “Sweet Success” event sponsored by the city of Frostburg and our organization.

    April 22, 2014

  • You can help United Way reach its goal

    The United Way of Allegany County campaign for 2013-14 will end April 30 and to date has raised more than $430,000, which is over 86 percent of its goal. But there is still $70,000 to be raised in a very short time.

    April 21, 2014

  • Support the March for Babies May 3 at Canal Place

    At the March of Dimes, we promise to work tirelessly toward the day when all babies are born healthy.
    The March of Dimes has worked for more than 75 years to help babies get a healthy start in life.

    April 20, 2014

  • Celebrate Earth Day every day: Reduce, reuse and recycle

    April 1 marked the beginning of April Envi- ronmental Education Month in Maryland — and with Earth Day coming up on April 22, Maryland has much to celebrate.

    April 20, 2014

  • Support Canal classrooms with tax-deductible gift

    While your April 17 article (“Park Service opens Canal classrooms,” Page 1A) described this exciting program accurately, your readers may be wondering how they can help support this new educational opportunity for school children in Allegany County.

    April 18, 2014

  • Ivan Hall story brings back memories of a unique man

    I enjoyed Mike Sawyers’ Ivan Hall story. It was well written and brought back some wonderful memories of my Cumberland days and especially, an unique man.

    April 18, 2014

  • It’s a secret It’s a secret

    Could someone enlighten us about why not even the names of the two entities bidding on development of the Footer Dye Works building can be divulged?
    A Times-News article about the bids included an explanation from a lawyer for the attorney general’s office about the need to keep the names and other information secret at this time. Despite that, the logic of not divulging at least a little more information escapes us.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?

    Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.

    April 17, 2014

  • Which approach to the school makes sense?

    What exactly is the long-range plan, according to the Allegany County Commissioners?
    I’ve read in the Cumberland Times-News that the current County Commissioners intend to spend $9 million to construct a new high school.

    April 16, 2014

Latest news
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads