May 11, 2014
Yesterday this question came to me again, (Yes, it resurfaces occasionally. ) so I spent my time trying to think of the answer to that. I found it hard to answer as I really couldn’t pinpoint any one outstanding thing.
Oh yes, people have done a lot of nice things for me in my lifetime of 50+ years. I remember with fondness the all-day sucker that Nancy (Wray) Brunk gave me for my 6th birthday. When an older girl on our school bus comforted me after I’d endured yet another harassment from some bully. My brother Nat and his brother-in-law giving me the unfinished hope chest that Vernon Hertzler had started to make for my wedding gift and never finished. The time when our girls surprised us with a money shower for our 25th wedding anniversary for a trip to Guatemala. Ted and Rose Miller dropping everything and came up to the ER to be with us after we rolled our van. There were many nice deeds over the years and I am hard put to know what I consider the nicest.
But I believe of one of the nicest things that happened at my Dad’s viewing. I was standing in the entrance of the sanctuary at Hocking Hills Mennonite Church greeting different people who had come to pay their last respects to Dad. Suddenly I came face to face with this woman. I knew that I knew her but tried in vain to give her a name. Finally I cast aside my pride and asked for her identity.
In that instant I felt that this was one of the nicest things anyone had ever done for me.
I know I’ve written about them in an earlier post (http://sweaters4u2.xanga.com/2012/12/21/tires-to-good-year-to-morgans/) if you want a recap or if you haven’t read it, but over and over again, the idea that Ellen Stewart came to show her love and support to our family was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me. I find it hard to explain it but here it is. Thanks so much Ellen, you mean so much to me. Love you and I ask God’s blessing on you and yours. ~Kim