Random Acts Of Twinkies
On Saturday, I was at the Fisher Price Toy Store for an event with Santa and all the good little boys and girls. I had “sacrificed” a day of my Thanksgiving-food-coma-weekend, because I really wanted to meet you – the Joy listener – and of course get my shot at tellin’ the big guy what I really want for Christmas this year (I’ll never tell, so don’t ask!).
Much to my surprise, a woman I’ve never met approached me, holding a plastic Bon Ton bag with a gift-wrapped box inside. She said, “Could you do me a favor and make sure this gets to Laura Daniels?”.
“That’s me!” I said. She handed me this package, and said, “This is for you. Welcome to Buffalo.” As I picked my jaw off the floor, she walked away and quickly disappeared into the sea of excited children and anxious parents.
I opened the bag after the event, and was greeted by a lovely hand-written note from a woman named Debbie Tyler, a long-time JoyFM listener. In it, she mentioned how she heard me say this move (from Albany to Buffalo, 3 weeks ago) had certainly strained my budget, so lots of friends and family were getting home-made gifts this year. She also heard the story of the plight of Hostess and possible shortage of Twinkies, and combined my love of cooking (Turk-Cake, anyone?)…and actually handed me this:
Is it a box of cash? No.
Is it a gift certificate for iTunes? Nope.
Is it exactly what I told Santa I wanted that day? Not by a long shot.
Is it one of the most special, random, unforgettable, and wonderful gifts I’ll treasure forever?
City of good neighbors, indeed!