A Christmas Moment

Dec 21, 2011 No Comments by

I was at the traffic light in my car waiting for the left turn arrow to go to green. I was a few minutes behind schedule and willed the light to hurry and turn. While busy with these thoughts, I watched as a man was coming along to my left. He slowly yet steadily pedaled a bicycle across several intersections heading into town. I noticed several items strapped to the frame of his bicycle but looked no further to identify the items. He was bundled for the weather as it was below freezing today on this, the shortest day of the year. The light turned and I proceeded to my destination.

I was volunteering to man one of the Salvation Army kettles for several hours this morning and I needed to find my contact person who most surely would be waiting for me. I quickly parked and strode through the lot and spied Dennis at the ready with the stand and kettle set up. We chatted a few minutes, he made sure I was all set, and left with the intention of returning in several hours. I waved ‘goodbye’ and he was off.

I said to myself ‘put a smile on your face’ and think happy thoughts. I was here for the Salvation Army and this is the only time of year for the Kettle Campaign, and I felt I should have a positive attitude. I chatted with people and thanked them for donating or talked about the weather. With mom or dad in hand I would catch the eye of their child who was curious towards what I was doing and give a wink.

I kept on ringing the little bell and didn’t even stop my routine when a gentleman, around my age came up to me. He handed me a package of sandwich crackers and said, “Here sweetie, these are for you”. I thanked him graciously (did he know I hadn’t had breakfast?); he smiled and turned away. I saw him go around the corner and pick up a bicycle with several items strapped to it; a sleeping bag and backpack. He zipped up his jacket, adjusted his hat, got on the bicycle and pedaled away.

Debbie Curtin writes stories about people, places, events and other topics of interest that engage the reader. As a member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Debbie keeps ‘in the game’ with other like minded people. She has been an artist and creative person all her life and uses the unlimited sources of inspiration that abound everywhere in her writing as another art form.

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Debbie Curtin writes stories about people, places, events and other topics of interest that engage the reader. As a member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Debbie keeps ‘in the game’ with other like minded people. She has been an artist and creative person all her life and uses the unlimited sources of inspiration that abound everywhere in her writing as another art form.
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