LETTER: Keeping in the spirit, let’s be kind to others where we can

In this season of goodwill, one letter writer expresses thanks for kindness and humour

Dear Editor,

At Willowbrook Recycling, I recently lost an amethyst ring I’d worn almost every day for 46 years!

My fingers had shrunk in the colder weather, but I was dutifully shoving some waste plastic into a large waist-high bin.

In the car park, my right hand felt different – no ring around the accustomed finger! (My dear husband had chosen that lovely birthday-gift for me, early years into our marriage.)

I returned inside, where employees and I dug into some of the upper piles of plastic in the very full bin without success.

I left my contact details with staff and drove home in dismay, mentally kicking myself for carelessness.

Thoughts of “the vanity of earthly possessions” failed to comfort.

A characteristic of humour is often wild exaggeration, a tricky commodity which may offend or delight depending on personal viewpoint and culture.

One of the articles in the Langley Times newspaper – which I always read – is Langley City’s ex-fire chief Jim’s McGregor Says. His usually gentle humour lifts my mood, providing light relief from news reports of disease, crime, and misfortune.

READ COLUMN IN QUESTION: McGregor Says: Shopping husbands will survive

One lady’s recent letter (L.T., Dec. 19) pointed out that one cannot lump all husbands into a “helpless sap” shopping category. My own husband excelled as “Mr. Fix-It” as well as shopping partner and gift-chooser.

The morning after I’d lost my ring, I revisited the recycling depot. Staff said they’d have another look, so I drove home again.

I’d barely got inside my door when the phone rang: “We’ve found your ring!” an excited female voice exclaimed.

I returned at once—everyone with beaming faces as I slipped the ring back on my finger and thanked them profusely.

Good people are out there!

Honesty and a desire to help still prevail, and some, like columnist Jim McGregor, seek to help us by providing light relief.

I often chuckle at his writings, although well-intentioned words can be equivocal and misconstrued.

One may not always foresee the effects one creates. However, let’s all help each other where we can, avoid disparaging name-calling, and build a season of goodwill extending well beyond a healthy, prosperous & Happy New Year!

Write on, McGregor!

Gloria Hancock, Langley City

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