Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

December 11, 2013

Now, he has the keys to their hearts

There are angels amongst us ...

I wanted to let you know of two special people who live around you in your town.

I grew up in Cumberland and have always loved the hills around “home” and the folks that made the living there so special.

When I married, I moved away, but came home as much as I could, especially around the holidays. Cumberland was a “holiday” for me and my family any time we were there.

Well, my folks are from Cumberland. Born, raised, worked and died there. They owned their home, established their own business and raised their family.

As life would have it, they left me and an empty house. Being so far away, it would have been difficult to maintain the house, watch over it and protect it, but I had peace of mind about it all.

That is the purpose of this note. My folks had nice neighbors, except for this one couple who lived right next door. They are the angels I want you to know about.

They are exceptional and very humble. They probably will be embarrassed to know that I wanted you all to know about them: But maybe you do. They go out of their way on a normal day to just help you out. Perhaps it is just their way of life.

I really didn’t know them as well as I do now, when I lived at home. It wasn’t until my mother had died, that my father would talk of this neighbor’s kindness and enjoyed their company and friendship.

I felt comfortable knowing that Dad had someone looking out for him, especially if he came home late. Dad would light up, smile and chatter away when he saw them. Dad was a quiet man and kept to himself, except for this relationship.

After Dad died, this neighbor placed a solar light pole at the very spot where they would talk over the fence. It was a memorial to a loving friend and an “adopted Dad.”

The house stood empty for almost three years until it just sold. Just about every day the house was visited and tended to.

The grass was cut; the light bulbs were changed; the spigots were checked for leaks; the snow was removed and the dehumidifier was emptied.

This neighbor is pretty well known to his neighbors, to do extra stuff for those around him or are in need of an extra boost. He had the keys to my parents’ home and now has the keys of respect and love to my heart.

God places His angels in just the right areas and He dresses them up to look like everyone else. We miss “seeing” them and their wonderful acts of kindness, until they are right beside us at the right time.

I will be ever indebted to this couple for their generosity and selflessness and for the peace that I had knowing that they were there, still keeping watch.

There are angels amongst us. They are called neighbors. They are called true friends.

Love and gratitude,

Leslie Bowen

Waynesboro, Va.

(Fred and Esta Willison’s daughter and family, Winslow Street, Cumberland)

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Please return valuable items taken from woman’s parked van

    On July 8 at 2:33 p.m. my 16-year-old granddaughter Caitlyn Cook and I arrived at Children’s Medical Group for a 3 p.m. appointment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Legion honor guard available to honor veterans at their funerals

    We in the honor guard of Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion, performed 196 veterans service in 2013.

    July 22, 2014

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets

    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.

    July 18, 2014

  • Opposition and inclusion understood

    Those of you who have been here before know how I feel about the late great Len Bias, who I will remember foremost as Leonard Bias, the polite, spindly Bambi-eyed kid from Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School, who could throw a dunk through the floor, yet had the most beautiful jump shot I have ever seen.

    July 17, 2014

  • Move over Move over

    Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop

    As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).

    July 17, 2014