I remember years ago when the court I worked for decided to get one of the “Santa Letters” from the post office. I was tasked with picking a letter and organizing the collecting of money and gifts. I discovered that judges could be real Scrooges and one totally wanted to out-Grinch the Grinch. Then I introduced them to a real Cindy-Lu Who. The little girl who wrote the letter asked for things for everyone in her family–things like warm coats, and socks, and new shoes. She asked for a job for her mom, and at the very end, she asked for bicycle for her little brother because he loved watching the wheels go round. She didn’t ask for one thing for herself. Well…after doing some digging, I discovered that dad had died after a long illness, mom only had a high school education and couldn’t get a job, that the little brother who loved bicycles had autism. I created a “friend of the court brief” and circulated it. Something I wrote got through to the judges and kicked then into high gear. ALL the kids got bicycles. And toys. Clothes. Food. And a scholarship to a local Vo-Tech for mom. The judges got so competitive that the court ended up with a second family. And you know? That was the Christmas that I realized Santa did, indeed, exist. Those grouchy old men smiled through December and I even caught a couple of them humming Christmas carols.
The statute of limitations has run because that was almost 40 years ago. But with each story of an anonymous donor this time year, I’m reminded all over again that Santa lives in the heart. And what generated this memory? Easy. The Universe’s message in my inbox:
When was the last time you pleasantly surprised or even shocked someone, Silver, and remained anonymous?
Well, it just may be the most fun one can have in time and space.
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And the dividends, Silver, are out of this world.
Tis the season, right? I try to do little things every Christmas season but I should really think–AND do things year round because…warm fuzzies are good but anonymous warm fuzzies are the best. What was your last good deed?