Saturday, July 31, 2010

My 100th Blogpost!

In celebration of my 100th post, I have a special story for you. So grab a cuppa and a biscuit or three, and read on..........................

You may remember that during the 1990's I worked for our local newspaper, the Lincolnshire Echo.

Each December, the Echo would raise awareness and funds for a particular charity. Some local, some national.

During the troubles in the former Yugoslavia, we were approached to run a campaign for the British troops stationed there.

To boost morale we asked local residents to donate a shoe box filled with useful items, such as toiletries, writing pads, and sweets.

The boxes were to be gift wrapped, marked male or female, and dropped off at our offices. We then loaded the presents into trucks to be delivered to our troops in time for Christmas.

We wondered if we would reach our target. How could we doubt our readers' generosity? Thousands of presents were donated all over our fair county!

It wasn't only our troops who benefited from these good deeds, and I learned a very important lesson - goodwill is contagious and can even be addictive.

One particular elderly couple came in every single week, donating a total of eight gifts. Mr and Mrs B each filled a box - one for a man and one for a woman. They came in every Friday morning, and over the four week period, the wrappings and decorations on the boxes became more and more elaborate.

On their last visit to our offices, they were beaming!

"Have a lovely Christmas. You only had to donate one gift, you know," I said, giving them both a hug as I thanked them.

Mr B. looked at me, and said in his lovely Lincolnshire accent,

"D'ya know what, lass? We've no family, so we only usually wrap presents for each other. We've bin wrapping these boxes ev'ry Thursday night, reg'lar as clockwork. We made it a sort of game, like. 'Who could wrap the nicest parcel'. The missus and me 'ave really enjoyed doin' it!"

A couple of months later, I was sad to see in the Obituaries that Mr B. had passed away. I had a little weep and decided to go to the funeral. Mr B. had mentioned that they'd no family, so I was expecting the Church to be half empty.

How wrong I was - there were at least a hundred people in attendance. Mrs B. insisted that I join them afterwards for "a cup of tea and a ham sandwich," and I spoke to some of the mourners.

I heard story after story of how Mr B. had helped his neighbours over the years. There were tales of washing machine repairs, lifts to hospital, and shopping for new mums. Mr B. would definitely be missed!

As we were all leaving, I offered my condolences to Mrs B. and asked if there anything I could do.

She looked at me with a wicked little smile on her face,

"You don't know anyone who could make use of 8 pairs of men's shoes, do you, lass?"

Noticing the puzzled look on my face, she asked,

"Where else did you think we got the boxes from?"


KC'sCourt! said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. If anybody asked me what my "good read" would be I would have to say your blog.
Julie xxxxxxxx

jackanne said...

A huge congratulations on your 100th post i love reading your posts with a cuppa, i get such a good laugh! Brilliant! xxx

Autumn Mist said...

What a perfect story to have for your hundredth post - heartwarming and humbling. Best wishes to you, and we'll be visiting your neck of the woods very soon, so looking forward to it.

winnibriggs said...

What a corker, your posts never cease to make me smile. Congratulations on '100'. This was really lovley.

Anonymous said...

Well hello Dolly, I had an aunty called Dolly and I did love her so, she would hug you so hard, she would literatly squeeze the air out of you, and yes as little people she would squeeze so hard that we would....oh shall I say it???? yes I shall....we would fluff. We would all desolve into giggles, ah she was a wonderful lady and you remind me so much of her with your stories that puts a smile on my face time after time. Congrats on your 100th. I loved your story, they are the people that make this world go round, bless them.
Sandi x

Sandi said...

That last comment was from me, oops!!

Flaming Nora said...

Oh my god what an amazing story. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. keep up the good work! xx