CHRISTMAS FEATURE – Last Christmas my family of 18 people moved to St. George from Hawaii. Of course it was to be a hard Christmas because of moving expenses and things, but we had three miracles happen in a week.
My seven kids, my friend, and I stopped at a well-known farm to inquire about prices on Christmas trees, and a kind man touched me on my arm and said: “Let me give your family a gift.” We followed him to his home and he gave us a 9-foot-tree that his grandsons had just chopped down.
The tears could not stop flowing.
A few days later, I was in Smiths with my friend and we saw a set of Pyrex bowls on sale. “Man, I hope those are still on sale in a few weeks!” I said. Then I walked over to the vegetable section and a woman came over to me and asked if I wanted to purchase those bowls. I didn’t really know what to say – I was thrown off guard – so I said, stammering: “Well, yes . . . ?” She handed me a $20 bill and said: “Go buy those bowls.” And she walked away. I stood there for a few minutes stunned trying to absorb what just happened.
I finally got my feet moving to find her, hug her and give her a crying, “Thank you!”
The next day on Christmas Eve, my seven kids, the same friend, and I were waiting at Smiths gas station. A man at the pump yelled out to me: “Hey you, red suburban!” and ushered us over to the pump. I thought he was being kind of rude as I was waiting for another car to go first, as I thought he had been waiting first. So I pulled up to the pump, got out, and the man said: “What do you want, regular, super or plus?” “Oh, just regular, thank you,” I said, finding it strange as I thought it was self-serve. “Get in your car, it’s cold,” he said. So I got in thinking, “sheesh, not even my husband orders me around like that.”
A few minutes later I realized I hadn’t told the man how much I wanted. So I jumped out in a hurry as he was closing my gas cap. “Merry Christmas!” he said.
I told him thank you and looked up at the pump and thought, “$113 oh my! Oh well, I can’t do anything now.”
So I went up to the window to pay, using the last of my money, only for the cashier to tell me: “That man paid your bill.” I stood looking at her completely speechless.
I got back into the car still in shock as I tried to put into words to my kids what had just happened, and I just broke down in tears.
That man, a complete stranger had no idea how much he helped me. He was an angel. Never in my entire life have I experienced this kind of kindness.
The best part was that my kids got to witness and feel the amazing kindness a human being can bring to another. We were, and still are, so blessed.
St. George is a town of miracles. We have been through tough times this year, a lot of ups and downs, but the people we have met and the miracles that have happened, have made our life so humbly joyful.
I truly hope these “angels” read this and know from the bottom of my heart, I thank you and will always remember and share your amazing gifts of kindness. Much much mahalo and Mele Kalikimaka! From the Waltjens Plus.
Submitted by: Tamera Ethier-Waltjen
Letters to the Editor are not the product of St. George News, its editors, staff or news contributors. The matters stated and opinions given are the responsibility of the person submitting them. They do not reflect the product or opinion of St. George News and are given only light edit for technical style and formatting.