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Kindness at fair shows people still generous

Published 9:53am Thursday, July 25, 2013 Updated 11:53am Thursday, July 25, 2013

During the recent Otter Tail County fair, I took in the familiar sights of the animal barns and judgings, the rides, the many specialty food stands, the exuberance of the 4-H members in their activities, the families with children in strollers or shepherded by moms and grandparents.

But, I also experienced some of those events which are so much part of the Americana of our rural life.

I usually need to use a walker to move more than short distances, and in the extreme heat of the early days of the fair, it was grueling to navigate the long walk from the parking area to the location where I volunteered to work.

But, as I made my way past the animal barns, I came upon the sight of four young care attendants in their Synstelien Care uniforms tending to their charges in wheel chairs. They were stopped in the shade while they applied sunscreen lotion to the arms and faces of the people they were tending.

Perhaps a commonplace sight for most, but symbolic of the extra concern the attendants had for those in their care.

Watching them, I scolded myself for feeling sorry for myself trudging along in the heat.

At least I could make my way alone.

The next day, as I parked my car and removed my walker to start my trek, a member of the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse pulled alongside me in her mini truck, lifted my walker into the cargo bed, and drove me to my work spot.

How kind was her help. Her community of Vergas and the posse are fortunate to have her among them.

I enjoyed my volunteer work, as usual, but I was warmed and gratified to personally see the generous giving of help which still abides in many of our neighbors.

There is still hope for us.

 

Bill Schulz

Fergus Falls

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