Greetings to all -- hope you had a lovely Christmas & that the coming century holds
many good things in store for all of us. One of the blessing of the century we are
leaving has been this web site. I loved the stories from Lodema & Arlie. Now I am
emboldened to send mine.
Our tree has only 'special' decorations. The oldest is a bit of lace worn by
my great-great-grandmother on a 'neck piece' at her wedding in 1852. There are
also two ornaments, probably from the 1930's, one from my family and one from my
husband's. Everything else is hand-made, gifts from family and friends, starting with
the tree skirt my mother-in-law made for us the first year we were married (1957) and
continuing through stuffed felt ones from a cousin, copied by my children when they were
little; crocheting, tatting, and needle-point are all represented; right up the the latest
ones this year from Williraye Studio's (our nephew Jeff WILLIam and his wife Bobbe
RAYE) which are sold at Hallmark Stores & other places all over the US. Another
tradition is hickory nut cupcakes.
And now for a story: ........
[It is a true story -- that happened the day before Christmas this year -- 1999].
Eileen Williams, [a relative] called this morning to tell us she was going to Baraboo
[about 20 miles away] for an appointment, so we shouldn't worry if we called and
didn't get an answer. A few hours later she called again to say she didn't go to
Baraboo. The following story explains why she didn't go.
Eileen got about a quarter of a mile from her home and had a flat tire, -- the first
problem she has ever had with her car, she says. Now you should know that Eileen is 80
years old and not in good health, -- in no way capable of changing a tire or walking any
distance for help, -- especially with the cold and slippery winter conditions we had
The place Eileen had the flat, was not near any business, but there was a house near-by.
Since most people would likely be at work in mid-morning, Eileen wasn't sure what she
should do, but she decided to go to the house in hopes someone would be at home. You can
imagine her relief when the door was answered by a pleasant young woman who invited her in
to use the phone. Now that is close to a miracle right there, -- being invited into the
house in this day and age when we are all getting less and less trusting of strangers.
Eileen called her garage only to find they were closed. "Now what?" she
wondered. The young woman said, "Well, if you will 'baby-sit' my three
children, I will go out and change the tire for you." Not only did this fine person
play 'Good Samaritan' but she also trusted her children to this stranger -- and
wouldn't take any compensation for it either. She said she would get her reward in
Eileen said the children were darling and well-behaved, so she had no trouble with her
part of the bargain. A neighbor of the lady came over and helped her finish up the change
job -- and used jumper cables to get her going again. In the excitement, Eileen had left
her lights on and no one noticed.
Eileen took the tire to the Breunig Service Station where they fixed it up as good as
new, making an an entirely happy ending to what started out to look like it might be a bad
day. The rewarding experience with these nice people more than made up for the
inconvenience of the flat tire. I hope you all think this is as nice a Christmas story as