It was a Monday morning when I heard my little dog barking at the front window. When I went to look out one window I saw these piles of leaves. When I looked out the other I saw a young boy raking leaves. I walked out to speak to him and found it was Juan, a six grader, who lives next door. I asked what and why he was doing. He said he was raking leaves just because he wanted to help. I thanked him and walked indoors. I looked in my wallet I only had $5 so I went to the refrigerator and got a large banana cream pie and a liter of soda. I went and offered it all to him. He wouldn’t take the money but ran home with the pie and soda. He raked about 10 bags of leaves.
Linda Adrian, Fort Worth
Every year while I’m unpacking Christmas decorations I bless Brad Alford. Years ago, there was an article in the Star-Telegram about his beautifully decorated home. When he was asked how he kept all the hundreds of lights from becoming tangled and frustrating he told the interviewer a trick he used. Rolling them up like balls of yarn was his sage advice. Since then, when I get ours out of the boxes, there they are in tidy balls. I have never had the awful experience of having to untangle again. Brad doesn’t know me, but at this time of year he is remembered with love by one he taught well.
Happy holidays, Brad!
Wanda Conlin, Fort Worth
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