To the Editor:
I have found myself saying "What is wrong with people" a lot lately. Our world seems to be filled with a lot of wrong these days:?child molesters, violence, jealously, greed, anger. We tend to question the kindness of a stranger. We fear for ourselves and our children; trust is completely gone.
On a recent weekend, my family camped at Tuttle Lake. My husband had to work on Saturday, leaving me with our children for the day. Our 3-year-old daughter was up at 8:30 a.m., asking me to take her fishing, new fishing pole in hand. We walk down to the dock where there were two men fishing. My daughter made a couple casts as she watched these men catching crappies one after another. I could see the wheels in her head turning when she held her fishing pole up and announced, "Mine can't work." The older gentleman offered to set her pole up for her to actually catch a fish. He used his own hook and bobber and instructed her how to catch a fish. It was only minutes and she had a fish. I don't know who was more excited, my daughter or the gentleman who helped her. Her excitement lasted all day as she couldn't wait until her Daddy was back to tell him all about her "Shark-fish" she caught.
My point is that the intention of this complete stranger was clear to me. He just wanted to help a little 3-year-old girl catch a fish and have a good childhood memory. I'm certain that he got just as much out of our brief encounter as my daughter and I did. We tend to sometimes hold back our kindness or willingness to help a stranger for fear they will think we have some selfish, ulterior motive. Be kind anyway, you never know when you may make a difference in someone's life.
PS: To our stranger, thank you again for taking the bullhead off the hook for me.
Wendy L. Ziemer