Got a great story to start off today; I heard it on NPR recently and it was one of those “driveway moments,” as NPR calls them, where you start listening to a story and you pull up to your house and stay in the car for a few extra minutes because you want to keep listening to the story on the radio. (in my case, it was a “subway moment;” this story almost caused me to miss my stop.)
If the first sentence doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will:
“At 71, Margaret Ann Wolf Harris heard her father’s voice for the first time in her adult life.”
Margaret’s father was Sgt. Cody Wolf, and he died in World War II when his plane was shot down over Germany on Jan. 11, 1944. But a couple of weeks before his death, he contributed to a Christmas radio broadcast, produced by war correspondents of the Maryland newspaper The Baltimore Sun.
Wolf recorded a message in which he mentioned his baby girl, Margaret Ann. Harris, who was 17 months old when her father was killed, heard the recording for the first time 70 years later on NPR right before Christmas this year.
I urge you to listen to the story (audio is on top of this link), just to hear Margaret and the emotion she felt upon hearing her father’s voice for the first time. Can you imagine what that must be like, living your whole life never hearing the voice of the man who helped give you life, and then suddenly at age 71, to hear an old audio recording of him?
It’s a beautiful story of a happy ending to a father-daughter tale that Margaret never expected.
**Next up, just a photo that I came across today on Twitter, taken by Prakash Mathema of the AFP news agency, that made me smile wide. It’s of children feeding pigeons in Kathmandu.
Remember when you were that little boy’s age and got so excited about stuff like that?
**And finally, these stories of customers and friendly waitresses getting large tips just seem to keep coming. And I love them all.
This one’s from the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Lincoln, Neb.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, a man stopped in with a friend for lunch at the restaurant last week and asked the hostess to seat them at the table of the restaurant’s grumpiest server because the pair wanted to use their charm to cheer someone up. The hostess responded that the chain actually didn’t have a single dispirited employee and instead gave them the opposite — their happiest waitress.
Turns out 18-year-old waitress Abigail Sailors had a rough life in foster care until being adopted by a loving family when she was 9. She’s a college student now but can’t afford to return next semester, she told the customers, because she didn’t have enough money.
The customers than gave her a $100 tip, and then wrote her checks for $6,000 to help pay for school.