You Said It, Dec. 25, 2011

Merry Christmas, happiest of holidays and may you have a joyous and prosperous New Year, You Said It readers. In honor of the season, our gift to you is a column filled with gratitude and contentment.

Thank you to the wonderful lady at Denny’s in Clifton. We were so shocked when we went to pay our check, and it had already been taken care of. You are an angel, and we will pass it on. I love Grand Junction and the wonderful people who live here. Merry Christmas, everyone.

Some of the elves’ helpers are local. They may be found at their second jobs at the Clifton Starvin Arvin’s. The support and love they bestowed on me in my time of mourning, as well as the generous Christmas gift, will forever be remembered. I’ll never be able to fully express my gratitude. God bless you all.

Every year we have lived in Grand View Subdivision, in the winter, a couple across the street has shoveled our driveway, walkways and sidewalks. Sometimes they shoveled twice a day. Since we live on a corner lot, that is quite a long way to shovel.

I know we have some expert couponers in Grand Junction. Once you become proficient, you can easily wind up with more products than you can use. So here are two ideas. First, how about doing some coupon shopping for the Kids’ Backpack program or one of our local food banks? Second, and better yet, would you consider teaching some of your techniques and tips to the Backpack Kids’ families?

One Saturday, while waiting in line to buy my lunch at Food Court in Mesa Mall, I got to visiting with the lady in front of me. We had a nice chat about family and such. When we got to the cashier, she told the girl she was paying for two — her lunch and mine. I want to thank her for her thoughtfulness and kindness to a total stranger.

We were so blessed by the music and singing at the first-ever Sounds of the Season concert performed at Palisade High School. The students’ talent in that auditorium was truly mind-blowing, as was the general holiday atmosphere. Thank you, PHS, for bringing a musical program of this caliber to the far east end of the valley.

If you missed the Holiday Pops with the Grand Junction Symphony and the Texas Tenors, you missed an outstanding performance. They certainly set you right back in your seat with a wide variety of music. Hats off to both.

I’m an 85-year-old woman and I tripped and fell flat on my face by Penney’s south entrance earlier this month. I was bleeding profusely from my nose. There was a bus waiting by the store and the bus driver and a young lady passenger saw me fall. The young lady was a CNA and gave me first aid until an ambulance arrived. I want to thank everyone who came to my aid, and I want to wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A huge thank you to USPS staff for recovering a mistakenly mailed Christmas card. You saved Christmas.

Thank you to both the city and Sorter Construction for the really conscientious job they did while installing new water lines. We, the residing public, were kept informed of all facets of the operation, such as water shut-offs, street closures and a general idea of the weekly agenda. This made it as easy as possible to live here and deal with it.

I’ve had the privilege to attend three funerals at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, and the Volunteer Honor Guard is to be commended for the wonderful job they do at these services. They provide a great service to the valley in remembering our veterans and their families at such a difficult time. May God bless our veterans and those who support their families during their time of loss.

I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the young lady behind the counter at the 12th Street Subway who came out of the store and ran me down before I could get in my car. She asked if I was missing any money. I looked and realized I was missing $20. Somehow it had slipped out when I paid for my lunch. Such honesty and effort is rare these days. I know it will come back to her. Sure made me feel good.

Thank you for all of the beautiful outside Christmas lights. I have a terminal illness and they bring me great joy. Thank you and God bless you.

I recently was unaware that I dropped my wallet containing cash, gift cards and credit cards in a busy parking lot. Later in the day a very kind gentleman looked up directions to the address on my driver’s license and returned it to me at my home, checking first to be sure I was the rightful owner. It is heartwarming to see that there are still outstanding citizens in our community.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the pay window at the drive-through at McDonald’s at the mall. A young lady had paid for my order. What a wonderful deed by someone unknown to me. Doing something for someone has always made me feel good, so for this person to do this for me, must have made her feel good and that also makes me feel good. It was a good day.

The new 29 Road overpass is awesome.  It cuts my travel from Orchard Mesa to town in half. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Two years ago, I finished several rounds of chemo, which practically drained me financially. I struggled to pay my bills, and still do, especially my electric bill. The winter months are harder because I have electric heat. One day last year, I came home from work and found a box at my back door. It contained an EdenPure heater. There were no names on the box. All I could do is cry. The EdenPure has helped with heating my home and also with my bills. I was and am so grateful. I am truly blessed and have many angels in disguise.

In the line of random acts of kindness, I nominate my young neighbor as a person who personifies that attitude. I’m an elderly, disabled widow with no close relatives nearby. Every morning my paper is on my doorstep. When I drive in from the grocery store, he’s unloading the car just about as quickly as I can get out of it. He hangs my flag for holidays and keeps an eye out wherever he feels I might need help. Able-bodied people have no idea how difficult some ordinary tasks can be for those of us who are no longer able. I thank God every day for a wonderful, caring neighbor. May I suggest you look around you: Is there an elderly or disabled neighbor who could use a helping hand? It would be greatly appreciated.


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