Kathy was especially touched by a letter from a 26-year-old Alabama man named Drew Walker. She showed me the letter, and I had to agree -- there was something special about it. Drew thanked Tim for helping him see that the world is a special place that shouldn't be taken for granted. He asked Tim to be his friend. Shared the kind of things about his life that would make Drew's mom as proud of her boy as Kathy is of Tim.
"I am blown away by the kindness and the heartwarming notes he received," Kathy wrote. "It has totally restored my faith in people."
It's funny the power strangers can have, how these people who never before had any contact with Tim or his mother were willing to take the time to do a kindness, knowing they'd get nothing in return.
Even though there's so much gloom and doom in the news, day after day, strangers are quietly continuing to help other strangers, donating their money and time and belongings, and even their blood.
It's so commonplace that we take it for granted. We seldom even notice it until some kind person we never met does something that affects us directly, or someone we know.
We might all start out as strangers.
Then someone like Timothy allows us to be friends.
Reach Karin Fuller via email at karinful...@gmail.com. Timothy Merrill can be reached at P.O. Box 57, Scott Depot, WV 25560.