David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Good Deeds, Guns

Good Deeds

• In October 2011, six-year-old Justice Wadsworth lost a teddy bear when she got sick while her family was driving along Interstate 90 on their way to Sedro-Woolley, Washington, after staying with a friend. Somehow, the teddy bear got left behind along the side of the Interstate. This was not just any teddy bear. Justice got it when she was little, and it was a gift from her father, a military man who serves overseas. Justice calls the teddy bear “Daddy Bear,” and she said that “it makes her feel like she’s cuddling with her daddy.” Justice’s mother, Christa, said that when the teddy bear turned up missing, “We searched the bedrooms. We called the friend we [had been] staying with. We cried and cried.” Justice’s grandmother posted a notice on Facebook about the lost teddy bear. The Washington Department of Transportation then tweeted about the teddy bear, including the location where it had been lost. Two Department of Transportation employees, Harry Nelson and Terry Kukes, went looking for the teddy bear and found it along the Interstate. They even drove, on their own time, to present the teddy bear to Justice in person. Justice said, “I was hoping” that someone would find the teddy bear. Christa said, “I’m so grateful,” to Mr. Nelson and Mr. Kukes.

• When John Adam was an eight-year-old boy, he and his younger sisters wanted to buy their mother a flower for Mother’s Day. To raise money, they collected 18 soda pop bottles and got two cents for each bottle (a refund of the deposit). In addition, young John had three cents saved, and so they had a total of 39 cents. All together they walked to a florist shop, and young John put the money on the counter and asked if that would be enough to buy a flower for their mother for Mother’s Day. The owner of the shop, young John remembers, “came over, looked us over, and said, ‘Just a minute.’ He went in back and came out with a geranium plant with gold foil wrapping around the pot. He took my three dimes, a nickel, and four pennies, and said, ‘Thank you very much.’ I had no idea that the cost was about four times as much. And we went proudly home carrying a flower plant for Mom.”

• A woman who uses the name “Jaybird” when posting on <HelpOthers.com> tells of a woman who worked at a local convenience store where Jaybird and her husband bought gas. One day the woman was not wearing her glasses because she had broken them and could not afford to buy a new pair. Unfortunately, the woman really, really needed eyeglasses. Jaybird and her husband thought about how they could help the woman, so they turned to their own optometrist, asking him to call the woman and have her come in for an eye exam and glasses and they would pay for everything. The optometrist did that, telling the woman that anonymous donors were paying for everything. The optometrist also waived the fee for the eye exam and reduced the price of the eyeglasses by 50 percent. The woman enjoyed telling her customers in the convenience store the story of how she got her new glasses.


• Dave Marr and Tommy Bolt used to play against each other after making a friendly wager. Dave often lost, but despite not having much money, he was always able to pay off his losses by using merchandise he had won in amateur matches. After yet another loss to Tommy, Dave remembered that he had a shotgun in his trunk that he won at an amateur contest recently, and he thought that Tommy might be interested in it. So he got the shotgun and walked back to the clubhouse. Dave relates, “Tommy took one look at me coming through the door with a shotgun and almost died on the spot.”


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